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Volleyball: Tigers beat Spirit Lake in 5 sets

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Members of the Tiger volleyball team celebrate after scoring a point against Spirit Lake at the Spencer Field House on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Tigers won the first set, then dropped the next two before coming back to win the final two sets and take the match, 3-2.
(Photo by Michael Fischer)
They needed five sets but the Spencer volleyball team won its final home match of the season, 3-2, over the visiting Spirit Lake Indians. After winning the first set, the Tigers dropped the next two before rallying to claim the victory, including a 16-14 win in the fifth and final set. Games scores were 25-17, 23-25, 20-25, 25-19, 16-14.

The dramatic win came on "Pink Out Night," which helped raise awareness of breast cancer, and "Senior Night." Seven seniors were a part of the Tiger volleyball team this year: Taylor Anderson, Maddie Boyd, Taylor Glover, Kari Miller, Nikki Sandvig, Sydney VanWettering, and student assistant Michael Gabhart.

"It was an absolutely amazing match with a total team effort for our last home match of the season," Spencer coach Michele Dirkx said.

The first set saw Spencer pull ahead in the middle of the game with three consecutive blocks to push the lead to 21-13. The Indians would add a few more points but the Tigers finished off the set with an Anderson kill, 25-17.

Set two was close throughout after Spencer took a 6-1 lead. The game was tied at 8-8, 12-12 and 20-20 before Spirit Lake evened the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 win. The third set was controlled by the Indians, who never trailed in the 25-20 win.

Spencer bounced back in the fourth set and took control after the game was tied at 14-14. Anderson and VanWettering each tallied two kills as the Tigers pushed the lead to 23-16 before winning, 25-19.

The Tigers never trailed in the fifth set but couldn't pull away from Spirit Lake. The set was tied at 4-4, 8-8, 13-13 and 14-14 before Glover's kill put Spencer up and they closed the match, 16-14.

Anderson led the Tigers with 15 kills and added seven digs and six total blocks (five solo). Glover had a well-rounded game which included six kills, a team-high 15 digs, seven blocks (five solo) and five aces.

VanWettering had 13 kills in the match to go with six digs. Kirstin Martindale added 12 kills, nine digs and seven total blocks. Miller led the Tigers with 17 assists and tallied four blocks and three aces. Boyd had 15 assists.

Spencer is now 15-14 overall and 4-2 in the Lakes Conference. They will play a tournament in Algona on Saturday, Oct. 13, before finishing the regular season with a conference match at Storm Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The Tigers open regional play on Monday, Oct. 22 at Humboldt at 7 p.m.

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