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Spring Creek VB falls short of regionals

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SPRING CREEK — In head coach Alley Ford’s first year at the end of the bench, the Spring Creek volleyball team fell one win shy of having a chance for a postseason appearance.

On Thursday, hopes of a berth in the 3A North regional tournament were kept alive with a four-set win over Lowry — the season riding on Friday’s home matchup with Fallon.

The game served as a rematch of a five-set marathon on Sept. 27, in Fallon, one in which Spring Creek fell 3-2.

On Friday, the Lady Spartans' season ended with a 3-1 loss in four frames.

Versus Lowry

The Lady Buckaroos took the upper hand early, winning the first set by a wide margin at 25-13.

In the second set, the Lady Spartans bounced back with a 25-18 victory.

Often telling as the deciding frame after a 1-1 split, Spring Creek hung on and escaped with a 25-23 win in the third set.

In the closeout contest, the Lady Spartans buried the Lady Bucks — inversing the first-set score and closing the door with a 25-13 domination.

Junior Kylee Dimick paced the offense with 17 kills, adding 11 digs and two blocks defensively — also serving a pair of aces.

Senior Ryley Ricks impacted the game in several areas; topping the team with 31 assists and three aces — digging up 14 shots and putting away two.

Senior Nicole Southern tallied a team-high 20 digs and served an ace.

At the net, junior Jazmin Cervantes was a major force — denying five shots and killing five of her own.

Junior hitter Hailey Cruson notched seven kills and an ace, senior middle Cheyenne Cleveland posting six putaways and one ace.

Junior utility Chelsea Ackerman killed one ball and serve an ace.

Versus Fallon

In the do-or-die match to the playoffs, Spring Creek went gangbusters in the first set — blowing out to a 25-11 victory.

However, the next two frames came down to a few points — ultimately relying on the fewest mistakes and the most plays.

The Lady Greenwave endured in a 28-26 battle in extra points in the second game, Fallon taking a 2-1 lead with another close victory of 25-22 in the third.

With their backs against the proverbial wall, the Lady Spartans were unable to do the job in the fourth set — Fallon punching its ticket to the regional tournament with a 25-18 win.

Dimick was stellar in defeat, smashing a team-best 20 kills — matching her number of digs — blocking two shots and serving an ace.

Ricks set up the offense with a team-high 35 assists and served a roster-best three aces — Spring Creek launching eight as a team — and she tied for the most digs with 22 in the final match of her high school career.

In her final game for Spring Creek, Southern also finished with 22 digs — serving an ace and notching a putaway.

Cruson stamped double-digit kills with 10 and blocked two shots, Cleveland closing her career with seven kills, a pair of aces and two rejections.

Ackerman tallied 11 digs, two kills, an ace and a block — junior Anessa Chiquete getting busy on defense with 17 digs.

Cervantes finished the season with a team-best three blocks and added three kills, freshman Rylee Keim also aiding Spring Creek’s block party with a swat — the Lady Spartans denying 11 offerings as a unit.

Season Wrap-up

Spring Creek closed the year with an 8-17 overall record and a 6-12 mark in the 3A North, Fallon improving to 6-10 in league — the Lady Greenwave scheduled to face Sparks (0-16 in league) on Monday and Lowry (4-13 in league) on Wednesday.


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The Spring Creek volleyball team’s season will likely come down to its last-two matches. 

The Lady Spartans (5-11 in league) will need wins to punch their tickets to the Division 3A North regional tournament, hosting Lowry (4-11 in league) at 6 p.m. Thursday and facing a do-or-die contest versus Fallon (5-9 in league) at noon Friday, in Spring Creek.

The Spring Creek volleyball team split its weekend road matches, being swept by No. 1 Truckee but bouncing back with a three-set sweep of its own versus North Valleys. As the finish line of the regular season approaches, the Lady Spartans will need to start winning each of its weekend games to ensure a postseason berth. 

The Spring Creek volleyball team suffered the same result in the second meetings as it did in the first matchups with South Tahoe and Dayton, swept in three frames by the Lady Vikings and coming out on the low side of a five-set battle with the Lady Dust Devils.

Elko volleyball overcomes first-set loss, comes back with three straight wins Wednesday versus Spring Creek. The Lady Indians (7-3 in league) will face Dayton (6-5 in league) at 6 p.m. Friday, at Centennial Gymnasium. The Lady Spartans (3-7 in league) will host South Tahoe (8-1 in league) at 6 p.m. Friday, in Spring Creek. 

On the road, the Spring Creek volleyball team was a few points away from its first clean weekend of the 3A North season. The Lady Spartans lost a five-set battle on Friday in Fallon but bounced back for a hard-fought, four-set win at Lowry.

Spring Creek volleyball team was swept Friday by Fernley in its rematch of a best-of-three win during the preseason meeting, but the Lady Spartans wrapped up the weekend with a straight-set victory Saturday versus Sparks. The Lady Spartans will close out the first half of the 3A North season at 6 p.m. Friday in Fallon and noon Saturday at Lowry.

Spring Creek girls volleyball teams picks up first win in league play, follows with competitive performance — despite being swept — against Truckee. The Lady Spartans (1-4 in league) will play a big rematch of a two-out-of-three win from the preseason tournament in Yerington against Fernley (4-1 in league) at 6 p.m. Friday, in Spring Creek. 

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