Hot Springs volleyball enjoys perfect week
By CHUCK BANDEL
With high school volleyball playoffs looming in the near future, Hot Springs got things rolling in a big way last week.
The Lady Savage Heat were tested but came through with a pair of home and away wins to boost their season record to 9-3.
Hot Springs began their week with a Monday encounter against visiting Arlee that featured outstanding play and dazzling stats from a trio of Lady Savage Heat players.
That match began with a gritty 25-18 game one win for the host team. However, Arlee fought back for a 26-24 win in the second set, squaring the match at 1-1.
Junior Katelyn Christensen, who had 17 kills and six digs for the match, paced the Hot Springs effort, which included 10 kills and two blocks from senior Savannah Roosma, and four service aces to go with 16 assists from Lizzy Fisher.
The match squared at a game apiece, Hot Springs earned a hard fought 25-19 win in the third game. With the match outcome on the line, both teams engaged in an epic fourth set, a game that was tied numerous times until the Lady Savage Heat pulled out a 25-22 win that gave them a 3-1 match victory.
Junior Lily Winn added seven kills, five blocks and six digs in the win over the Scarletts.
Next up was a road game with St. Regis, a young team with a promising outlook for the future.
Behind a taller, more experienced front line dominating play at the net, Hot Springs rolled to a 25-9 win over the Lady Tigers Tuesday evening in St. Regis. Hot Springs built an early lead and cruised to the win and a 1-0 match lead.
Game two went much the same way, although St. Regis showed flashes of promise. They would build on that hope for the future in game three.
The second game went to the Lady Savage Heat 25-14 as the overall depth and talent of their squad took control for a 2-0 match advantage.
In game three, the two teams played evenly until the end when Hot Springs held on for a 25-22 victory and a 3-0 match win.
Fisher led the way against St. Regis, amassing three kills, three assists, one block and five digs. Hot Springs also got a solid game from Roosma, who chipped in two service aces, three kills and five assists in the victory.
Next up for Hot Springs is a home match tonight (Tuesday) against conference co-leader Granite County, then a road game in Victor against the Lady Tigers.
St. Regis, which fell to 1-10 with the loss, next faces a road trip to Mullan, Idaho this evening.