Huskies drop CD East for second win
LEWISTOWN – Jenna Snyder had 11 kills and Mifflin County defeated Central Dauphin East for the second time this season, this time by a score of 3-0 as sets of 26-24, 25-16 and 25-23 gave the Huskies the Commonwealth Division girls volleyball win Thursday.
It was the Huskies’ second win of the season, and coach Jill Zeger was excited by what she saw from her team.
“The win is a huge success for them,” she said. “We played CD East Monday and had a win in five sets. Tonight, to win in three sets is a good improvement as a team.”
Snyder – whose 11 kills were tops on the night – sparked a run by the Huskies late in the first set with several shots around the net to help her team capture the set, 26-24.
“Jenna did a very nice job,” Zeger said. “She’s really been practicing hitting the ball in front of her, snapping her wrist and bringing it down. She’s been working really hard in practice on that and it showed tonight on the court.”
Mifflin County trailed 14-10 and called a timeout, which was followed by an 11-3 run to give the Huskies a 21-17 lead late in the stanza.
“Most of the time during out timeouts we are talking about working together as a team, we are controlling the things we can,” Zeger said. “We’re making sure our serves are in. That timeout was about refocusing, letting go of the mistakes and moving forward.”
Central Dauphin East rallied to tie it at 22-22, 23-23 and 24-24 before a ball dropped in the middle of its offensive end to put the Huskies up 25-24.
An errant Central Dauphin East serve on the game-point then landed out of bounds to give Mifflin County the set.
Mifflin County started out the second set in another early 2-0 hole before Bryn Ferguson’s spike put them on the board.
Mifflin County then led the second set 12-11 before it ripped off four-straight points highlighted by a block and a spike from Snyder to extend the lead to 16-11 before Central Dauphin East struck.
The Huskies rebounded with three more consecutive points to take a 19-12 advantage and later a 24-16 lead, their biggest of the set.
Mifflin County finished off the set with a 25-16 win when its shot cleared the net.
Central Dauphin East built an 8-5 lead early in the third set before Mifflin County again roared back. The Huskies tied it at 9-9 and Snyder again struck for the go-ahead point.
Ferguson made another big play to dive and save the Huskies an opportunity before Central Dauphin East found the net on the return to give Mifflin County the point, making it 16-13. Mifflin County didn’t look back the rest of the way, taking the set 25-23 and the match.
Kaitlyn Dreese had five digs and 17 assists while Anna Aurand scored 12 points on serves and added three aces.
“They showed a lot of strength working together, not giving up on the ball and really passing well together,” Zeger said. “Our offense was a lot stronger tonight than it was on Monday. It’s really good encouragement for the girls as they move forward as a team.”
The Huskies improve to 2-10 on the season with a 2-7 conference record and will take the court again Monday when they host Cedar Cliff.