Spartan Athletics had great success this past week with a sweep of cross-town rivals, St. Andrew’s, in both Volleyball and Field Hockey, and a decisive win for our Football team. The teams celebrated their seniors, and the Athletic Department honored Breast Cancer Awareness month with Pink Games on Thursday, October 27. Middle school sports earned championships in Cross Country and Volleyball. Here is this week’s recap of Varsity and Middle School Athletics.
Boys Volleyball: The Boys Volleyball team took to their home court on Thursday evening, October 27, to square off against a strong St. Andrew’s squad. The Spartans honored three seniors prior to the game, Carson Thu, David Do, and Eddy Kim, and then got to work. The team came out swinging in the first set, taking the Highlanders by surprise with a strong service game. Team kill leader, Charlie Dugan (10th grade) took on the Highlander block with ease. Block leader Rex Ramza (11th grade) had a huge defensive game that helped stop the St. Andrew’s attack. The Spartans ultimately defeated the Highlanders 3-0. This win helped move the Spartans up in the rankings, giving them an edge going into the end-of-season tournament. The Spartans will play this Thursday, November 3, in Houston. Match time will be announced after tournament seedings are released.
Field Hockey: The Spartan Field Hockey team ended regular season play on a high note, defeating St. Andrew’s 4-0. They controlled the pitch against the Highlanders, dominating possession and managing the tempo of attacking play. Eliza Cho (12th grade) and MK Lutz (11th grade) scored two goals each, and Hannah Simmonds (11th grade) walked away with another clean sheet. The Spartans celebrated six seniors after the game, Meg Canfield, Eliza Cho, Meredith Clay, Priya Jhaveri, Bradley Parham, and Kristin Svahn. The Spartans will head to Houston this Thursday, November 3 to begin SPC Tournament competition. Match time will be announced after tournament seedings are released.
Girls Volleyball: The Girls Volleyball team faced a tough opponent in the St. Andrew’s Highlanders on Thursday evening, October 27. Before taking the court, the Spartans honored two seniors, Trinity Borer and Lux Baumann. The first set was a back-and-forth battle, but the Spartans came out on top. St. Stephen’s serving game dismantled the Highlander attack. In the second set, St. Andrew’s fought back and managed to push the set into overscore. The Spartans remained steady and took the set 31-29. The Highlanders bounced back with a strong offense, and took the third set. The fourth set was all St. Stephen’s, and the Spartans walked away with a victory in the hard-fought, cross-town rivalry. Kayla Patel (11th grade) led the Spartans in stats with 33 kills and 5 aces. Addison Starr (11th grade) led with 41 assists and contributed 4 aces for the Spartans. Cameron Carper (10th grade) led the team defensively with 18 digs on the night. The Spartans will travel to Houston this Thursday, November 3, to face their first opponent in the 4A SPC Championship Tournament.
Football: On Friday night, October 28, the Spartan Football team honored 16 seniors and defeated JCSA 51-0. Seniors honored included Jaden Alvarez, Nolan Ellish, Philip Emioma, Alex Guo, Louis Layton, Jack Mabley, Torin McCann-Braun, Preston Miles, Dylan Mosler, Garrett Nalle, Jackson Price, Harrison Ratliff, Maddox Restivo, Elias Rocha, Anthony Watson, and Dennis Wilkinson. The game ended in the first half due to the mercy rule. The overall player of the game was Jack Mabley (12th grade) who showed athleticism and leadership throughout the entire game. The defending TAIAO Division State Championship Football team has placed second in TAIAO Division I Playoffs. The first playoff game will be scheduled the week of November 14 against the winner of Lubbock Titans and New Braunfels Calvary Baptist.
Middle School: Last week, Middle School Athletics saw EPIC success! The Boys Red Volleyball team defeated St. Andrew’s in two straight sets on Wednesday, October 26. That same evening, the 7th and 8th grade Girls Purple Volleyball team secured a huge win to head to the championship game. Middle School Field Hockey had another convincing win over St. Andrew’s. Jadyn Houston (8th grade) earned the shutout, and Story Rogers (7th grade), Clary McDowell (7th grade) and MJ Maebius (8th grade) added to the score sheet. Finally, Middle School Football defeated TSD, 61-40. On Saturday, October 29, the 7th and 8th grade Middle School Girls Cross Country teams earned 1st place at the AIPL Championship! Spartan runners finished first in both races! Lucia Sterling (8th grade) finished 1st, Hana Milosavljevic (7th grade) finished 3rd, and Sophia Yu (8th grade) finished 4th on the girls side. The 7th and 8th grade boys champion was Josh Goldenberg (8th grade) and the boys team earned 2nd place overall.
Meanwhile, the 7th and 8th grade Girls Purple Volleyball team won the 3A AIPL Championship! After a rough start to the season, Coach Armstrong took the reins. The team was pushed out of their comfort zone and changed their approach to the game. In the final match of the year, the Spartans came into the contest as the underdogs facing the #1 seed Waldorf. It was a back and forth game, and in the final set the Spartans defeated Waldorf 15 to 12!
Coach Armstrong praised the leadership and volleyball intelligence of setters Eva Hawthorn (8th grade) and Livi Sloan (8th grade). “Their high Volleyball IQ’s added pressure on Waldorf’s defense.” He added, “Ava and Livi were able to read the court which gave us advantages to score.” One benefactor of the fantastic setting was Payton Curry (7th grade). “Payton made several incredible digs and equally impressive was her aggressiveness when attacking.” Other key contributors were Lexi Berson (8th grade) and Scarlett Rattcliff (8th grade), the team's most improved during the win streak in the last part of the season. Lena Abernathy (8th grade) and Shayna Myers (7th grade) were ready when called to perform. Lauren Geller (8th grade), dubbed the most spirited, lifted the team with her energy. The play of Jaya Udezue (7th grade) was missed, as she was injured. Congratulations to both the Volleyball and Cross Country teams for their hard work and dedication to this season! Well done!
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—Juliann Johnson, Sports Information Director