Girls Varsity Volleyball · Spartan Volleyball Defeats Hastings on Pink Out Night

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There were two great shows put on at the Simley Girls Volleyball match versus Hastings on Thursday, October 4th. First, the Simley Pep Band had the gym rocking from the moment the players stepped on the court for warm-ups, raising the level of excitement for the Metro East matchup and providing a second home court advantage. The Spartans took that advantage and ran with it defeating the Raiders in straight sets 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 with the match not even as close as the score, but still a great second show. Simley used its annual Pink Out Breast Cancer Awareness night to support a local Twin Cities charity, the Hope Chest, which provides wide-ranging support for families undergoing treatment. The Spartans again relied on outstanding ball control proving anew that whereas offense wins points, defense wins matches. On a night when the ball rolled against Simley, especially in the second set, it took a gritty performance to keep the match building in the Spartans favor. The offense was brilliant at times, with Juniors Emma Heimerl (15 kills) and TeTe Danso (.600 hitting) bedeviling the Raiders throughout the match. But in the end, it was pinpoint passing and digging from the Nuggets exhibiting canny experience and joyful young enthusiasm, (Seniors Sydney Brady and Rachel Wanger and Freshman Bella Studer digging 100% and Sophomore Molly Stein passing at 2.33) that never offered Hastings a realistic chance this night. The solid victory sets up the opportunity for the Spartans to go on the road to 10th in the state ranked North High and play for the Metro East conference championship next Wednesday.