MC charges back to top Trojans, 3-1
LEWISTOWN – After spotting its first game to visiting Upper Dauphin Trojans, Mifflin County’s volleyball team came storming back Wednesday winning the next three to pick up its third win of the season, a 3-1 victory in front of the home crowd.
In the second game, the Huskies got off to a strong start picking up a quick 7-3 advantage.
Mifflin County (3-12) built up its lead to 10-6 off of a service point by Anna Aurand and a Husky side out.
After the Trojans rallied to cut the lead to 11-9, Mifflin County built its lead up to 15-11 going on a 4-2 run, highlighted by aces by Chloe Benner, Kaitlyn Dreese and a spike by Bryn Ferguson. From there the Huskies continued to roll outscoring the Trojans 10-3 the rest of the way to tie the match at one win apiece.
Jessica Dzupova led the way in aces with three, Dreese with three, Shania Teenie with two to round out the top three.
In the kill department, Jenna Snyder led the way with six while teammate Ferguson had four.
Leading the way in assists were Dreese with 12 and Dzupova with two.
Johanna Laub had five digs to help Mifflin County as did Dreese but Benner had the best night, posting nine.
Dreese and Aurand led in service points posting a 14-point and 13-point effort, respectively, in the victory.
“The first game I thought they were still a little sleepy out there. But the second, third and fourth game I thought they really picked up their game. They were able to get that first pass off,” Mifflin County coach Jill Zeger said. “We’ve been working hard about getting the first pass to the target. Once we have that to our setter we can really work our offense. I thought they did a really nice job on their free balls and hitting the target and getting to the ball. Tonight we really played as a team.”
By the time the third game of the night rolled around, Mifflin County settled into their offense and played a stingy game at the net, coming up with big play after big play.
Mifflin County started off with the first possession and battled back and forth with the Trojans all the way up to 14 until the Huskies started to go on a run that would see them go on a 7-0 run, putting them ahead.
In the run, Mifflin County server Aurand ran off six consecutive service points, giving the Huskies a more comfortable lead of 21-16.
Upper Dauphin would get the game as close as 23-19 before Mifflin County finished with the last two points, giving them a 2-1 advantage heading into the third game.
“We have been talking and working on being mentally tough,” Zeger said. “They were taking nice deep breaths and focusing in on what they needed to do. They did a really nice job.”
That mental focus would come into play in the final game of the night as the two teams battled toe-to-toe throughout the contest, taking turns with the lead.
But when the game came down to 24-24, Mifflin County held its ground and finished things off with the next two points, securing the home victory.
Mifflin County (3-12) hosts State College at 7 p.m. Monday.