The Lady Miners continued their winning ways on Tuesday night when they defeated Clark Fork (MT.) in four sets (25-21, 28-26, 11-25, & 25-21).
The match struggled to get off the ground as officiating issues slowed the pace down to a near halt, but the Miners managed to put that behind them and rattled off two hard fought sets before the Mountain Cats managed to steal the third set.
Wallace would rally to finish the match early, but coach Anali Spooner did see a few things that she would like to shore up as the season progresses.
“That third game we got in our heads a little bit with serving and receiving and we couldn't get out of a tough rotation,” Spooner said. “I was so proud of their will to not give up.”
The Miners had some standouts during the match as Kali Davis and Hannah Garitone held down the Wallace back row, Catie Sheppard looking like a star from the service line, and Maggie Howard being the Miners anchor throughout the evening.
The Miners (2-0) are clicking on a high level right now as they have knocked off two bigger schools in their opening matches.
Coach Spooner thinks that the team mentality of her newest squad may be what could make them her best one yet, but she isn’t taking any of the credit.
“It absolutely is a team effort and it wasn’t my doing for that,” Spooner said. “The girls really have been encouraging each other and making sure everyone is involved in the game in one way or another. I took less girls on varsity on purpose this year in hopes that 10 girls who play consistently would be better and it is, but it's my 10 girls who know their role and know each others and they work so well together.”
Wallace will be at home next Tuesday when they host Kellogg at Kirby Krulitz Court at 7 p.m.