Trojans cook in 3-0 volleyball sweep of Windom
The Worthington Trojans’ volleyball match with Windom Area Thursday night turned into something like a showcase event. The Trojans, 2-2 upon entering the affair against the Big South Conference rival Eagles, got off to a fast start and never looked back, winning 25-14, 25-12 and 25-22.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans’ volleyball match with Windom Area Thursday night turned into something like a showcase event. The Trojans, 2-2 upon entering the affair against the Big South Conference rival Eagles, got off to a fast start and never looked back, winning 25-14, 25-12 and 25-22.
No doubt, the Trojans were hitting on all cylinders at the WHS gymnasium.
“We came out of the gate, we were just solid fundamentally. We were covering the floor well, we got the ball to our hitters. I would say all facets of the game were really cooking for us,” said a happy head coach, Jessica Hogan.
On the very first serve of the first game, junior 6-0 outside hitter Tarren Spartz rose from the floor confidently to spike home a winner. She delivered winning spikes for points two and three as well, and the Trojans emerged from their quick 3-0 lead by stretching the margin. After dominating the net early, Spartz served for four points and the score was 9-3 in Worthington’s favor. Before long, 6-1 junior middle hitter Ellie Weg began looming large at the net. A strong serving run by Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor, for eight points, kept the Eagles at bay.
The Trojans’ Addison Gerber opened Game Two with three serving points and, again, the Trojans kept Windom Area from making a solid run. Scheitel-Taylor made an ace tip for the 25th point.
Windom Area responded in the third game, scoring the first two points in what became a back-and-forth set. The Eagles, in fact, led 18-16 until Spartz served two points -- her second one an ace -- to tie the score 18-18. Shortly thereafter, Weg served three points for a 22-19 Worthington lead. Scheitel-Taylor made a great save in the back row that led to Worthington’s 24th point (24-20). Windom Area scored the next two points but a Spartz ace hit ended it.
Spartz finished with 12 kills, Olivia Hayenga added six and Weg had five.
As the two tallest players on the team, Spartz and Weg are counted on to provide a firm 1-2 punch at the net. And they both were on point.
“Me and Tarren have been playing together for a long time now. And to finally get that connection going with each other, it just felt so good,” Weg said. “It all came together tonight. The last few days the practices were a little slow. Yesterday at practice, we decided we were going to pick it up more. And today we did.”
Windom Area, in falling to 2-3 on the season, got some strong net performances from 6-0 junior Tristyn Maras and 5-10 senior Sydney Skarphol. But Worthington had the more consistent attack on Thursday, and not just at the net. The Trojans moved very well on the whole floor, anticipating well.
“We were really hustling. We weren’t letting the balls drop. And that’s really frustrating for the other team,” Hogan said.
The Trojans, whose next game is Tuesday at Redwood Valley, also served well against the Eagles. Spartz was 12-for-14 with nine points and two aces. Weg was 11-for-11 with seven points and two aces. Scheitel-Taylor was 11-for-12 with eight points and two aces. And Gerber was 17-for-17 with 11 points and one ace.
Gerber finished with 28 set assists. Weg led the locals with seven blocks and five digs. Spartz and Karissa Maxwell had three digs apiece.