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Mitchell vs Avery

September 27, 2012
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Mitchell staved off elimination in the second set with a winning rally, but it wasn't enough to avoid a four-set loss on Thursday to Avery in Newland.  
The Lady Mountaineers (1-8, 1-5) dropped the first set 25-17, and were in danger of falling into an 0-2 deficit before sparking a dramatic turnaround to even the match at a set apiece. 
The Lady Vikings had set point at 24-19 and were serving to close out the second set. Their attempt went into the net, and Lacey Phillips took over for Mitchell. Behind her service, the Lady Mountaineers scored the last seven points and stole the set.
"Lacey was our reliable server against Avery, and the group that was in there held their composure," Head Coach Amber Young said. "We had that Avery team addled. Our kids were coming at them. They played hard and with emotion. They scrapped and dug deep that set. It's a big step in our maturity level to hang on and get that win.
"Overall the intensity was there in the second set. They were playing to win, they weren't playing not to lose."
Mitchell kept pace in the third set, but they couldn't duplicate their second-set magic. Down 18-13, Avery went on a run the Lady Mountaineers couldn't come back from and took the set 25-16. Avery closed the match with a 25-15 win in the fourth and final set.
"In the third set we missed a lot of serves, three in a row at one point," Young said. "Our hits have got to consistently be in-bounds and faster." 
Young said her team showed improvement over their showing from the week before, especially serve receive and attacking the net. Sarah Robinson and Madison Spurling had four kills and two blocks apiece.
Despite the loss, Young was pleased to see her team regroup following their difficult week previously.
"It's a step forward for us. Avery has a good team. It's a step forward after we took a step back the week before," she said. "Our hustle was there when it hadn't been the week before. Going to four sets and battling back when it would have taken just one missed serve into the net, it was a much better showing on our part."
Mitchell has a difficult schedule this week. They play three straight games, with the last two on the road. They host Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday, then hit the road to take on 2A teams Madison and Owen on Wednesday and Thursday.

Story by Corey Hoilman-Mitchell News Journal

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