Here Comes the Boom by Nelly blared over the loudspeaker as Sayre and Berea warmed up at C.V. Whitney Gymnasium. The Spartans delivered the boom all right, knocking out Berea by scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-16.
It struggled at times against a young Berea squad in games one and two but found its groove midway through the third game, when it used a 12-3 run at 9-all to help put away the Pirates.
"Usually they start out pretty aggressively," Spartans Coach Kim Hils said of her teams. She attributed the sluggish start to the Saturday tournament and having just played Tuesday evening at Kentucky School for the Deaf (the Spartans won 3-0 there.)
The Spartans met Berea in the Lady Pirates Invitational on Saturday. It won a best-of-three series then by scores of 25-19, 23-25 and 18-16.
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Freshman Alice Rodgers led Sayre with 12 kills, including seven aces.
"Alice is like a little spark plug," Hils said. "I have to remind her to relax because she'll get going and hit it so hard it'll be out. She gets so much adrenaline going."
Sayre is off to its best start in program history at 6-1. The Spartans lost all seven of their matches in 2013, their first year fielding a team, and won just four matches a season ago.
The Spartans have little time to celebrate this latest victory: they host East Jessamine at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.