Heather Moore-Martin has Salpointe growing in the right directionby Andy Morales on Sep. 24, 2013, under Sports
“In the end, it’s still volleyball,” explained first-year Salpointe coach Heather Moore-Martin. “We are still playing as a team and still growing as a team.”
That’s how Moore-Martin explained her transition from Catalina to Salpointe during the off season. Moore-Martin guided the Catalina girl’s team to a runner-up finish in 2011 and back-to-back state championships from 2010 and 2011 on the boy’s side.
Prior to her arrival at Salpointe, the Lady Lancers had a second place finish in 1970 under Waldine Cormier (Mary Hines won girl’s titles at Catalina in 1972 and 1983 and finished in second place in 1968 and 1973) and Amy Johnson guided the Salpointe boys to a runner-up finish in 2011 and in 2001.
Salpointe (6-1 in seeding games) met up with Canyon del Oro (2-6) Tuesday night, on the same day the AIA released the first round of AIA/MaxPreps seeding standings.
If the season ended today, the Lancers would earn the final Division II at-large spot out of 16 teams but the Dorados would be left out with a 33rd ranking. Despite a tremendous effort from senior outside hitter and team captain Nicole Cochrane, Salpointe pulled out a three-set sweep (25-15, 25-20, 28-26) for the win to further solidify their spot in the rankings.
The Lancers served up 10 aces in the win, including the deciding point in the third set after a 10-4 run by Salpointe to erase a 22-18 lead by Canyon del Oro.
Cochrane came up with two big kills to keep CDO in it at the end but Carly Lowry (11 kills) and Dominique Velde (8 kills) responded to set up the final ace. Alexandra Brittenham collected 32 assists for Salpointe.
Moore-Martin is making her current move despite the losses of Abby Reuland, Emily Christensen and Haley Howell to graduation. This season just might turn out to be one of her finest years of coaching to date.
Canyon del Oro lost the services of setter Kerry Lane to college but they return plenty of talent with several seniors on the court including Cochran, Glen Brumm, Erin Ferber and Rebecca Ziegler.
There is still time for the Dorados to turn things around and develop chemistry under first-year coach David Garwacki.