The Richmond Lady Spartan volleyball team began the new season Monday on a positive note as they ended the evening with a sweep of the Wellington-Napoleon Lady Tigers.
The Lady Spartans not only won the varsity match, but also captured the junior varsity and C-team matches as well.
It took just two games for Richmond to chalk up its first victory of the season as they won the opener 25-12, and ended the evening with a 25-15 decision in the second game. Coach Bailey Pierson was pleased with most phases of her team’s performance.
“The girls did an excellent job of hustling and moving to the ball,” she said. “Our serving and solid passing helped us come out of a couple of slumps. They played very well as a team and did what was necessary to finish up with a win.”
Ali Svaglic delivered 5 service aces for the Lady Spartans, with Mikayla Vanderpool adding 4, followed by Stephanie May with a pair. Kassie Smith, Vanderpool and May had one kill each.
Devvon Daily had a team-high 6 digs for the Richmond defense, with Smith, Palier, and Katie Lee with 3 apiece.
The Lady Spartan JV won their match in three games. Richmond fell in the opener 23-25. The Lady Spartans trailed 16-22, but battled back to grab a 23-22 lead in the first game, but Wellington-Napoleon fought back to take the game. Richmond recovered to win the second game 25-22, and won the deciding game by a 25-17 decision.
In the C-team match, Richmond won in two games 25-10 and 25-18.
On Tuesday, the Lady Spartans met a talented Excelsior Springs Tiger team in the first road match. The Tigers captured both games 25-11, 25-12.
“Excelsior Springs is a very strong club that executed all the fundamentals they needed,” coach Pierson said. “We did a great job playing defense, but we had some mental mistakes that cost us points. We know what we need to work on.”
Daily had 2 kills for Richmond with Brittany Childers and Svaglic credited with 2 service aces each. Palier had 4 digs, with May leading in assists with 14.
The JV also fell in two games, 11-25, 19-25, with the C-Team dropping a 13-25, 10-25 match.
PHOTO: Richmond’s Vanessa Palier (right) digs low for a return of a Wellington-Napoleon serve as teammate Kassie Smith (11) gets ready for a possible assist. The Lady Spartans swept the visiting Lady Tigers to open the 2009 season Monday at the RHS gym. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)