LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County could not sustain the momentum it gained after Thursday's 3-0 win over Central Dauphin East, dropping a 3-0 contest to Cedar Cliff in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth volleyball game Monday.
Mifflin County was constantly on the ground, diving for every ball possible, but it wasn't enough to overcome the size and power of Cedar Cliff.
"I'm glad that they didn't give up," Mifflin County coach Jill Zeger said. "Throughout the game, it seemed like they were trying to push forward and trying to play their best."
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Mifflin County’s Kierra Imler, left, gets a bump against Cedar Cliff as she is backed up by teammate JoHanna Laub Monday evening in Lewistown. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
Cedar Cliff's power was on display early when Abi Anderson rifled an ace past Mifflin County to give the Colts a quick 5-0 lead.
Mifflin County had trouble answering the power the Cedar Cliff outside hitters were able to provide.
"Cedar Cliff did a nice job in terms of playing consistent volleyball," Zeger said. "Their passes were to target to give their hitters a chance to have some nice hits. Our defense was a little slow tonight in getting to our retractions and our positions. Cedar Cliff did a very nice job in hitting the ball hard."
The Huskies cut into a 12-3 deficit when two straight Cedar Cliff shots fell out of bounds, making it a 12-5 lead. But, the Huskies could get no closer, dropping the first game 25-8 when Rebekah Rupinski's spike provided an exclamation point.
The Huskies hung tough early in the second set, forcing some mistakes by Cedar Cliff, including a long Colts shot that closed Mifflin County to 7-5.
A Mifflin County point closed it to a 9-6 margin, but Cedar Cliff went on another run where it scored 16 straight points to capture the second game 25-6.
Mifflin County earned the first point of the third game, then the Colts answered emphatically, scoring nine straight points to take a 9-1 lead that they would never relinquish.
Cliff continued its dominant play in the third set, taking it 25-5 and the match 3-0.
Kierra Imler had two service points and one ace while Chloe Benner led the team in digs and added two aces.
"I'm hoping the girls are able to work on getting that first pass up to target," Zeger said. "Once we have that first pass, we are able to utilize our offense. Tonight, we hardly had any hits. Our offense wasn't activated because our passes didn't make it to target. We have to make sure we are more consistent with getting our serves in the court."
Mifflin County will look to rebound from the loss today when it travels to Central Dauphin.