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Mitchell beats Madison for a Win on Pink Night

October 18, 2012
Mitchell High School

The Lady Mountaineer volleyball team split
their last full week of play with a loss at Mountain Heritage and a win over Madison.
Mitchell was knocked off in straight sets by
the Lady Cougars in Burnsville last Tuesday,
25-11 25-17 and 25-14.
The Lady Mountaineers hung with Mountain Heritage early, but a big run ended their
hopes of stealing the first set.
“We were right there with them, then they
went on pretty much an 11-point scoring run,”
Head Coach Amber Young said.
They dropped the second set by a slimmer
margin, and though hindered at times by misplays returning Lady Cougar serves and not
getting their own serves across, better passing
and net play kept them close.
“We did better at times. We didn’t quit that
second set. They fought hard, and I saw a lot
more intensity,” Young said. “Monique [Anderson] and Sam [Hoyle] had the best game
they’ve had all season with their passing.
Sarah [Robinson] and Madison [Spurling] did
a great job blocking on the front.
“The problem in the third set was serve receive. We didn’t communicate well that third
set especially. We missed serves and hit it out
of bounds a lot.”
Mitchell picked up their fourth conference
win of the season two nights later with a fourset win over Madison 25-17, (25-18), 25-20, 25-
21 at home.
In the first meeting, the Lady Mountaineers
lost in five sets in Marshall. They came out
strong Thursday, taking the first set behind
Faith Bailey’s six-point service run and crisper
hitting on both sides of the play.
“Our serves went very well, and we did a
good job of placing our hits and digging hits,”
Young said.
The Lady Mountaineers lost the thread in
the second set, and it looked they were close
to going behind two sets to one. They trailed
19-13 at one point in the third set.
“In the second set we kind of went dead,”
Young said. “We stopped communicating. It
was serve receive big time in that set. It was
definitely not our best set.”
Mitchell came to life with a 10-point service
run from Cassie Burleson. She had five aces
during the stretch that brought them within
a point of taking the set, and the Lady Mountaineers would close it out on a side-out.
They completed the rally by taking the
fourth set and the match. Young said Robinson stepped up her hitting in the fourth, and
Shelby Sparks served up the final two points
to clinch the win. Young said they completely
turned their effort around from a second set
where they were going through the motions.
“Everybody was hustling. Megan Banks was
everywhere that set. They were giving it everything they had,” she said. “We played like our
lives depended on it, and it really showed.”
Their final regular season game is Tuesday’s
senior night game at home against Avery. Regardless of the outcome, Mitchell will finish
with the conference’s third 1A seed, and will
likely play on the road against a Mountain Valley Conference opponent this Saturday in the
first round of the state playoffs

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