Volleyball: Tigers sweep Early Bird

Friday, August 24, 2012
Spencer's Taylor Anderson blocks an attack of South O'Brien's Perri Nieuwenhuis during the 2012 Early Bird Volleyball Tournament at Spencer High School Field House on Thursday, Aug. 23. The Tigers swept the tournament, beating South O'Brien, Clay Central-Everly and Okoboji 2-0 in each match. (Photo by Michael Fischer)

The Spencer volleyball team opened up the 2012 season with three wins over three different opponents and didn't drop a set in doing so. The Tigers swept its Early Bird tournament on Thursday evening at Spencer Field House by beating South O'Brien (21-7, 21-19), Clay Central-Everly (21-15, 21-12) and Okoboji (21-18, 21-13) to start the season 3-0.

"We're excited. We've got a great group of girls that enjoy playing together," Spencer head coach Michele Dirkx said. "They did a great job of staying relaxed and not panicking. We really played with a lot of confidence and poise."

Spencer jumped out early on South O'Brien in its first match and didn't miss a serve in the game. Kirstin Martindale paced the Tiger attack with three kills. Spencer continued its solid serving against CC-E (95 percent) as Taylor Anderson led with three kills while Martindale and Taylor Glover each recorded two kills.

In the final match of the night, Spencer fell behind Okoboji before coming back to win in straight sets. Martindale, Glover and Sydney Van Wettering each tallied four kills in the win. Anderson and Glover each had two solo blocks.

"I was very happy with our blocking tonight," Dirkx said. "It was good to get some live competition and see how we stayed in our system, which was good tonight. Even though we started slow in both sets against Okoboji, we were able to come from behind twice."

Spencer will play at MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 4 for its next match.

CC-E lost a couple of three-set matches Thursday night. After dropping a close first set, 21-18, to Okoboji, the Mavericks tied the match with a 21-13 game but fell in the third set, 15-11.

CC-E also took South O'Brien to three sets before losing 21-17, 16-21, 15-12. Okoboji went 2-1 after beating South O'Brien in three sets: 18-21, 21-17, 15-11.

Spencer Early Bird Volleyball Results - Aug. 24

Spencer 2, South O'Brien 0

Spencer 2, Clay Central-Everly 0

Spencer 2, Okoboji 0

Okoboji 2, CC-E 1

Okoboji 2, South O'Brien 1

South O'Brien 2, CC-E 1

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