Hot Springs volleyball off to strong start

| September 9, 2020 12:00 AM

By CHUCK BANDEL

Valley Press

It’s early in the season, but initial results indicate something special is in the works with the Hot Springs Lady Savage Heat volleyball team.

Following a three-game sweep of Noxon Thursday night on their home court, the Lady Savage Heat stand at 3-0 on the season.

Even more impressive perhaps is the fact they have yet to lose a game in any of those three wins.

Hot Springs opened the season with a 3-0 road win at Arlee Aug. 29. Last week they traveled to Superior for a match with Clark Fork, the combined Superior-Alberton co-op team, which they beat in three games.

The Lady Savage Heat followed those victories by opening their home schedule with a 3-0 match win over Noxon.

As was the case in each of their three victories, Hot Springs opened strong against Noxon, beating the Lady Red Devils 25-12 in the first game. They then took games two and three by identical 25-13 scores to make quick work of the visitors.

Savannah Reesma paced the Savage Heat attack with a balanced game in which she recorded four aces, four kills and four blocks. Hot Springs also got four aces, or unreturned serves, from Lily Detienne while Katelyn Christensen chipped in four digs.

They had a tougher time against Clark Fork after winning the opening game 25-14. However, they played solid volleyball the rest of the way, recording 25-20 wins in games two and three.

Against Clark Fork, Reesma and Christensen each wracked up six kills, while Lizzy Fisher had a game high seven digs.

Next up for the Lady Savage Heat is a match Tuesday against Plains in Hot Springs. Plains comes into that matchup with a 2-0 record following opening wins over Noxon and St. Regis.