Resiliency key as Spartans win in 5 Sets
By Dan Karpiel
Resiliency was the key for the girls’ volleyball team Thursday night in the Berthoud High gymnasium. After rolling over Brush in the first two sets, 26-24 and 25-10, it took the ladies another three sets to finish off the Beat Diggers. The victory improves the Spartans record to 2-0 in the Patriot League and 2-4 overall.
After the close first set, Berthoud appeared to have found their groove with the rousing 25-10 victory in the second set. However, the Beat Diggers battled back, winning consecutive sets 25-22 and 25-13. Led by junior Sandrina Hallahan, who posted a very impressive stat line of 17 kills and 5 blocks, Brush tied the contest at two sets apiece.
It appeared that Brush had taken back the momentum, but Berthoud was able to maintain their composure. Implored by Head Coach Daisha Agho not to lose focus, the Spartans won the final set by a score of 15-13. It was no easy victory for Berthoud as Brush gave them all they could handle, matching the Spartans point-for-point in the final set.
Senior Michelle Arnold led the way for Berthoud, tallying nine kills and three blocks. Arnold had recently been moved to the middle where her quickness and ability to read opposing hitters served her, and the team, very well. Fellow senior Sam Wasmuth and sophomore Kellie Ward each added six kills in the five sets. Wasmuth and junior Daryl Baker had two blocks each and Elle Satterthwaite, also a junior, contributed a team-leading four blocks.
The Spartans’ next contest will see Estes Park bring their 1-4 (0-2) record to Berthoud on Tuesday, September 21.
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