Spring Hill Remains Perfect in 16-3A With 25-13, 25-8, 25-17 Sweep of Henderson
LONGVIEW — Spring Hill coach Karen Brundrett didn’t have too many positive things to say about her team’s performance Tuesday night.
And that was after a non-competitive sweep.
“We did not play up to our level,” Brundrett said. “We were very ragged fundamentally, we did some things very uncharacteristic of us and we are going to work to fix that.”
Nevertheless, Spring Hill remained unbeaten in District 16-3A with a dominant 25-13, 25-8, 25-17 victory over Henderson at Panther Gymnasium. Brundrett was less interested in the final outcome than the process it took to get there.
“To us, that’s not what it’s about,” Brundrett said of her team picking up a district sweep. “It’s about bettering ourself every game, moving towards our goal in the playoffs. And if we don’t play the way we’re supposed to and better ourself as a team, then we have not done what we’re supposed to do.”
Sophomore Ann Hollas led Spring Hill (25-2, 3-0) with 11 kills and six blocks, and was one of the only subjects to draw praise from Brundrett.
“I thought Ann Hollas did a great job cutting the ball back on the net, seeing the block and so-on,” Brundrett said. “She always would take her blockers with her, which left the left side open.”
Hollas echoed her coach’s sentiments about the team’s performance Tuesday night.
“Mostly, it’s the practices that carry over to the games,” she said. “And we didn’t have great practices the past few days, but we’re going to pick it up tomorrow and the rest of the week.”
Jacey Fleet added eight kills and two aces for Spring Hill, while Jenna Hampton connected on five kills and three blocks and Rachel Riestenberg dished out 28 assists. The duo of Mikai Brown and Audrey Collier combined for eight kills, three blocks and four aces.
Henderson (2-2 in 16-3A) was led by Karley Free’s three kills, seven assists, one block and five aces. Morgan Weaver chipped in with four kills and five blocks, while Codie Whitehead finished with a pair of kills and four blocks.
The Lady Lions led Game 1, 11-8, before Spring Hill rattled off 10 consecutive and 17 of the game’s final 19 points for the win. The second game was never in doubt as the Lady Panthers began with an 8-1 run, eventually stretching its lead to 16-3. Spring Hill went up 10-4 in Game 3 and cruised to the sweep.
Spring Hill’s season resumes Friday at home against Kilgore, while Henderson plays host to Chapel Hill also on Friday.