SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School volleyball team took Chatham in their home opener 2-0. This was the first varsity home game of the 2019-2020 school year. It’s a new year and a new look for the team.
Coach Derek Hall has a win to start his third season as head coach. “I’m excited for the opportunities this season will bring. We have lots of experienced players and new players that will elevate the level of play for all players.”
The girls came out strong, taking the lead early in both games. They never lost the lead but Chatham was able to close the gap, while Sparta battled for the last two or three points to get the win. In the second game it looked like Sparta had the win locked, when at 23-12 Chatham got the serve and quickly ran their score up to 17. There were several strong long volleys for the last few points with Sparta finally coming out on top.
“We’ve been really working on passing,” Captain Olivia Bouma-Hannam said. There work is paying off with three touches on most volleys and long volleys against a strong team.
Captain Morgan Saulys said, “It was a good game and we played really well but there is definitely potential to do better.”
This is a big boost for the Spartans having lost to Chatham last year by wide margins. This year, the girls won 25-19 and 25-18 with a good number of fans cheering them on, including the Sparta Spartan mascot.
“It was really cool to win our first game,” Captain Brooke Serovich said. “The energy from the crowd really pushed us. I’m excited for a great season.”
“I’m excited for the opportunities this season will bring,” Hall said. “I’m very proud of them. They played hard and it was a lot of fun.”