There will be few secrets left when Sparta hosts La Crosse Logan in the opening round of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 volleyball regional at Alton Ask Gymnasium Tuesday night.
The 7 p.m. match-up of Mississippi Valley Conference rivals will mark the fourth time the two teams have played this season.
Sparta scored 3-1 wins over the Rangers in a pair of Mississippi Valley Conference games this season, but Logan swept Sparta in a two-set match at the Richland Center Invitational on Sept. 5.
The match-up should prove to be a good one.
In their most recent meeting last week, Sparta fell behind 1-0 to the Rangers, but rallied to win three straight and capture the win in the final MVC match of the season.
Head coach Dave Waraxa said the Lady Spartans need to serve well in order to advance in the regional.
“We have to be more deliberate about our serving,” he offered.
“We need to pick our target to maximize our serving and keep their offense out of system,” Waraxa continued. “We did not do that in our first set against them in Sparta.”
Waraxa also said he plans to move middle hitter Becca Jenkins around more in Tuesday’s match.
“The one thing we need to do is not be predictable in the middle,” he said.
“The last time, we got predictable and we weren’t able to utilize Becca,” added Waraxa. “We need to move her around more and hopefully, we can wear them out.”
While the Lady Spartans have two victories over the Rangers this season, Waraxa knows his team will have to bring its best to the court Tuesday.
“They played well against us and they have played well against some of the tougher conference teams. They are a solid volleyball team and they are not to be taken lightly,” said Waraxa.
“We need to go out and take care of business. We’ve got to take it one match at a time, one set at a time, one play at a time, one serve at a time,” he continued. “This team has the potential to do great things if the girls put their minds to it.”
Tuesday’s WIAA Division to regional is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.
The winner of Tuesday’s regional opener will move on to the second round of the regional and take on top-seeded West Salem on the road Thursday night.