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Washington drops match to MP

Sep 06, 2017

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Washington and Mt. Pleasant volleyball teams met to renew their rivalry at Mt. Pleasant High School on Tuesday night. The Panthers swept the Demons in three sets to pick up their first SEC win.

Mt. Pleasant took the first two games close, winning 25-21 and 25-23, and put Washington away in the third set 25-27.

It was the first SEC loss for Washington, who defeated Keokuk in their only SEC game this season.

The two teams battled back and forth in the opening game. Mt. Pleasant held a small lead for most of the contest. Jackie Fraise had three kills already midway through the end to keep the Panthers in control.

The Panthers led 17-11 on a Sadie Carassco kill that seemed to put the Demons away, but Washington stormed back for six straight points after a timeout. Morgan Brinning had the kill to cut the lead to 17-16 and Addison six tied it at 17-17 with an ace.

The Demons held a 20-19 lead later in the set when Christina Brinning scored on an ace, but a wide serve tied it back up and Kalynn Batey helped Mt. Pleasant retake the lead at 21-20 with a kill. The Panthers took four of the next five points and led 1-0 in sets.

Batey began the second set with a kill for Mt. Pleasant but Washington responded with a 5-0 run that included three aces by C. Brinning. The Demons didn’t trail again until a Dani Broeker ace gave Mt. Pleasant a 9-8 lead later on in the game.

Mt. Pleasant began to pull away midway through the second set. With the Panthers lead at 13-11, Ashlee Menke scored on a block and then strung together four straight aces to boost Mt. Pleasant to an 18-11 lead.

Once again, however, the Demons battled back. Washington went on a 10-4 run that eventually tied it at 22-22 and forced a Mt. Pleasant timeout.

The Panthers recovered with a kill by Batey and two more by Carrasco as the Panthers took three of the next four points to take the second set 25-23 and put Washington’s backs against the wall.

Mt. Pleasant scored the first five points of the third set and stretched the lead to 12-4. Batey scored four points on three kills and an ace over that time period. The senior outside hitter was a problem for Washington all night.

“It’s kind of the way the passes went,” said Streeter. “I don’t try to force middle or force anywhere, but if the pass leads to the outside, Kalynn gets to swing away.”

Washington was unable to get within striking distance of Mt. Pleasant and the Panthers took the third set 25-17 to put up their first conference victory.

Isabel Bailey had two kills in the third set for Washington. M. Brinning had two more kills, a feat she accomplished in all three sets.

“Morgan has been playing great thus far in the season,” Washington head coach Lexa Mahr said about her senior hitter. “Though she is our shortest hitter, she is mighty. When we have a ball that is out of system, she is usually a go to player for our setter, Megan Mitchell.”

Mahr said the Demons were prepared to face a fresh Panther front line after most of Mt. Pleasant’s hitters graduated last year.

“Our goal was to stay on our toes on defense and be ready to move,” Mahr said. “Our block did a great job of getting touches on the ball, which then forced our defense to react differently.”

Washington fell to 2-7 overall and 1-1 in the SEC. They will host a tough Ft. Madison team on Thursday, Sept. 6.That game will also start at 7:30 p.m.

 

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