Volleyball: Tigers close out Tornadoes in season finale

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Spencer's Kari Miller sets up an attack Tuesday night in the Tigers 3-1 win over Storm Lake. The senior led the team with 16 assists as Spencer finished the season 18-18 and 5-2 in the Lakes Conference. (Photo by Trent Johnson)

The Tiger volleyball team closed out the regular season with a 3-1 win over Lakes Conference opponent Storm Lake Tuesday night on the road. The win puts Spencer at .500 for the year with an 18-18 record and 5-2 in the Lakes Conference, which is third behind Western Christian and Le Mars.

In the 25-17, 19-25, 25-17, 25-18 win, Spencer racked up 49 kills with a .310 hitting efficiency, led by Taylor Anderson's 15 kills on 26 attempts. Kirstin Martindale had 13 kills for the Tigers.

In set one, Spencer led throughout the match as they won six of seven points after Storm Lake cut the lead to 13-10. The Tornadoes answered in the second set by taking an early lead and never relinquishing in for the 25-19 win.

Spencer took back control of the match in set three, winning 10-of-11 points after an 2-0 start by Storm Lake. The Tigers cruised to a 20-11 lead before winning, 25-17. Set four saw the Tigers pull away in the middle of the game and win the match, 25-18.

In addition to Anderson and Martindale, the Tigers got eight kills from Sydney VanWettering, seven from Taylor Glover and six from sophomore Abby Schauer. Kari Miller tallied 16 assists, while Maddie Boyd added 11.

Spencer totaled 12 total blocks with Anderson having seven. Six different Tigers recorded an ace, including three by Miller and two by Anderson, Boyd and Martindale. Spencer had 11 aces in the match.

Storm Lake (11-15) had 28 kills but 21 attack errors for a .082 hitting percentage. Emily Johnson led them offensively with nine kills. Erin Schuelke had 22 assists and Megan Miller led with 17 digs.

The Tigers will open 4A Regional play on Monday, Oct. 22, when they travel to face Humboldt (21-8) at 7 p.m. Humboldt beat Spencer on Sept. 8 at the Spencer tournament, 2-1.

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