Mifflin County snaps Mid-Penn slide

Red Land is team’s first league victim since 2015

Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Mifflin County’s Alicia Berryman, left, hits the ball across the net as Red Land’s Bayli Krick attempts to block Tuesday in Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN — After falling behind two sets to one, Mifflin County dug deep and kicked, scratched and clawed its way into winning the match 3-2 over Red Land in a Mid-Penn Conference volleyball game Tuesday night.

This is Mifflin County’s first Mid-Penn win since 2015.

“It was something that we needed as a team we needed to come together,” Huskies coach Krystena Brown said. “We needed to fight through those difficult points, especially those times when we sunk in the middle of the sets to pull ourselves back up and so it was definitely something we needed for our girls to boost their morale and show that they can be a competitive team.”

The Huskies came into the fourth set after falling in a very tough and highly competitive third to the Patriots, 26-24. But Mifflin County refused to give in, battling hard in back and forth action.

The Huskies slowly started to pull away with a score of 10-7 before Red Land called time out. But the timeout only seem to energized the Huskies as they bore down and took advantage of every opportunity and every mistake made by the Patriots, forcing a fifth and final set after winning the fourth, 25-20.

“They showed want, they wanted to win so I think they definitely came together and started cleaning up their mistakes,” Brown said. “They started seeing at the net who was in front of them as far as hitters and blockers. They’re working around them and also just trying to run plays and trying to run different things offensively.”

Mifflin County carried all that momentum into the final set. Early on in thate set neither team was able to get control of the pacing of the game. But as the game went on it clearly showed that Mifflin County had more in the tank as the Huskies pulled off a couple scoring rallies to pull ahead and cap off the win 15-9.

“I tell them all the time it does wonders whenever you are up, you play up you feel good about yourselves and the movement on the court is just that much better,” Brown said. “So I think that their momentum kept pushing them forward and forward and I hope that they keep that in mind as we take on the next teams.”

Serena McConaughey was a major factor for Mifflin County contributing with two aces, seven kills, an assist and a dig. Fellow senior Alicia Berryman had 23 assists along with four aces and a kill while junior Madison Tate had two aces, five kills, a block and a dig. Sophomore Mackenzie DeArment had 11 digs, three kills and two aces. Kiana Sechler had nine kills and four blocks and Jade Morningstar had four kills.

“Alicia is definitely a leader on the court she is a senior and she really wants her senior year to be successful same thing for Serena McConaughey,” Brown said. “They are both girls that want to be successful this year so they definitely led the team and Mackenzie DeArment is my defensive specialist, my libero, she works at every single game, she works hard every single game. Volleyball is her sport so she really pushes that into the girls and kind of makes it happen on the court.”

The Huskies also won the JV game, 2-0 (25-15, 25-16).

Mifflin County (1-5, 1-5) travels to Central Dauphin Thursday.

Mifflin County 3, Red Land 2

Scores: 25-22, 18-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-9