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