Improvement, but not enough
Mifflin County falters against Cedar Cliff on the court
LEWISTOWN — With a strong offseason regimen, the Mifflin County volleyball team has shown improvement from last year and has played teams like State College and Cumberland Valley tough, despite losses.
Tuesday, the Lady Huskies once again took Midd -Penn foe Cedar Cliff to the limits before falling 3-0.
The Huskies lost 25-18, 25-13 and 25-19, scores that showed they belonged in this match.
In two out of the three games, the Huskies pulled out to big leads before the Colts started chipping away and pulling ahead. With the effort being there, Mifflin County coach Krystena Brown was positive about the noticeable improvement.
“We talked about how we start strong and then we kind of get into a loop in the middle. Then it is too hard to dig ourselves out,” Brown said. “I think confidence is something they have to have in themselves. The progression they made in the offseason definitely makes them able to play at this level. They just got to believe that they can.”
In the opening game, Mifflin County started out with that confidence by building a 4-0 lead thanks to the service scoring of Mackenzie DeArment. She was helped by a spike by Jade Morningstar and cross court hit and a slam by Madison Tate.
Mifflin County continued to roll, going up 6-1 before Cedar Cliff started to make its comeback.
The Colts rallied back to tie things up at seven, going on a 6-1 run. Picking up service points for Cedar Cliff were Honey Robinson with a service point and Kaliegh Wayne who tallied three.
Both teams battled back and forth as the two remained just one point from each other before Cedar Cliff started to break away.
Mifflin County took back the advantage momentarily scoring three consecutive points, two by Tate, to give Mifflin County a 10-7 advantage.
Natalie Uibel, who tallied four service points, brought her team back and then some, taking over the lead at 12-10.
After exchanging service points, Cedar Cliff went on a 9-4 run.
The Huskies tried to take one more late push to get back into the game but it wasn’t enough as the Colts went onto the 25-18 victory.
In the second game, Cedar Cliff opened strong after an early battle in the beginning resulting in a 4-4 tie.
From there, the Colts seemed to have an answer for everything Mifflin County hit to them, taking the lead via a 6-0 run.
Trailing by six, the Huskies would never be able to recover as the home team fell 25-13.
However, Mifflin County refused to go away and let Cedar Cliff get an easy win in game three.
Like in the previous game, the two teams battled back and forth trying to establish their pace of the game to 5-5.
For much of the third game, Mifflin County had momentum even leading as late as 17-15.
But the Colts were able to make their shots counted when they needed to as they shined in the final act of the final game outscoring Mifflin County 10-2 the rest of the way for the six-point victory.
Alicia Berryman had 11 assists for the Huskies. DeArment recorded eight digs and had two aces. Madison Tate had six kills and Morningstar four.
The Huskies won the middle set in JV action but ultimately fell, 2-1.
Mifflin County will be back in action against Carlisle Thursday.
Cedar Cliff 3, Mifflin County 0
Scores: 25-18, 25-13, 25-19