Balanced offense and strong serving. Both are critical aspects for successful volleyball teams.
The St. Joseph-Ogden High School team followed that formula to near perfection last week in picking up sweeps against Cissna Park on Sept. 3 and Teutopolis last Thursday.
The two nonconference wins extended the win streak for SJO (5-1) to five matches, while the Spartans haven’t dropped a set since losing to St. Teresa in three sets during their season opener on Aug. 27.
SJO will try to keep its current run going at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with a home nonconference match against Champaign Central.
Prior to Tuesday night, the Spartans rolled past Cissna Park 25-7, 25-9 at home and won 25-18, 25-13 at Teutopolis.
Two nights later, the Spartans traveled to Teutopolis and left with a two-set win against the Wooden Shoes. Burnett, Bigger, Berry and senior Jenna Albrecht all delivered six kills apiece to keep the Wooden Shoes on their toes, with Bigger handing out 25 assists. Burnett (seven digs, two aces) and Kaiser (seven digs, two blocks) also chipped in with other contributions for the Spartans in their most recent win.
After Tuesday night’s match against Champaign Central, the Spartans are slated to host Oakwood at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in another nonconference match before SJO takes part in its first tournament of the season on Saturday at Mahomet-Seymour’s 16-team Bulldog Invitational.
The Spartans are set to face Urbana at 8:30 a.m., Springfield Southeast at 10:30 a.m. and Peotone at 12:30 p.m. in pool-play action before bracket play commences in the afternoon, with the championship match slated for 5:30 p.m. Other teams in the field at M-S are the host Bulldogs, M-S’ JV team, Lexington, Mattoon, Pleasant Plains, Pleasant Plains’ JV team, Rantoul, St. Anthony, Tri-Valley