SPRINGVILLE - The great teams seem to make even the difficult look amazingly easy.
The class 1A fifth-ranked Springville volleyball team has shown that rare flair about them already this fall, and cemented that fact with a pair of quick wins this past week.
The Orioles opened with a lopsided 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 rout over visiting North Cedar Tuesday, Sept. 8, a match that saw the hosts play seemingly flawless volleyball.
“We played well all the way around with steady performances from all players,” said Springville volleyball coach Claude Howard. “It was good to see the team follow the game plan and execute well on the defensive end. Minus a few serve-receive errors, the kids covered the court well and played hard all the way through.”
It seemed the Orioles (8-1) could do no wrong hammering down a total of 31 kills in the three-set match led by nine from Savannah Nealman and eight from Lauren Wilson. Kennady Breitfelder and Nia Howard added five more kills each for the Springville offense.
“Our kids did a good job of staying focused and keeping North Cedar out of system,” Howard said. “The execution of the game plan worked well tonight.”
Lily Clark stood tall at the defensive side of the net swatting back four blocks while Grace Matus tallied 12 digs with Howard adding 10 more.
Springville serving was also outstanding as the team drilled balls across the net at a 95-percent clip with Molly Stamp going a perfect 12-of-12 with three aces to lead the corps.
The Orioles once again made quick work of yet another opponent Thursday, Sept. 10, handling visiting Lisbon in a 25-10, 27-25, 25-23 finale.
“We started out strong and maybe took advantage of some nerves in a rematch of last season’s regional final when Lisbon was ranked and poised to make it to the state tournament until we upset the ninth-ranked Lions,” Howard said. “The Lions have a young team compared to last season’s veteran squad, but I knew they would still be tough.
“Peyton Robinson is a playmaker and showed it tonight. After dominating the first set, we became a little error prone, leading to safer plays and energizing the Lions to swing stronger. We outlasted the Lions in set-two and started set three with a 4-0 lead before another battle ensued and finally ended with an Oriole win.”
Nealman, like in last season’s regional final, was phenomenal again leading the Springville offense hammering down 12 kills in the three-set match while Clark added nine more.
Stamp had four big blocks at the defensive end with Wilson chipping in with four more. Matus found her way to an impressive 21 digs while Breitfelder tallied 16 more with Penny Blackmore coming through with 14.
The Orioles helped themselves at the service line as well drilling balls across the net at a 96-percent clip led by a 16-of-16 night from Stamp, who also had an ace.