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MP volleyball team swept by Hounds

Aug 30, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Kalynn Batey (top) goes up for a spike attempt in the third set of Mt. Pleasant’s home opener against Ft. Madison on Tuesday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


The Mt. Pleasant volleyball team ran into a bit of a buzz saw on Tuesday night when it opened up its home schedule, as well as their Southeast Conference schedule, with defending SEC champion Ft. Madison.

The Panthers struggled all night with a tough front line for the Bloodhounds, who walked away with a road sweep, winning games 25-16, 25-9 and 25-16.

The Bloodhounds capitalized on a few early Mt. Pleasant mistakes to jump out to a 6-3 lead in the first set. Kalynn Batey cut the advantage to 6-4 with an ace but the Bloodhounds scored the next three points to lead 9-5.

Hannah Hess had the first kill of the game for Mt. Pleasant to cut it to 9-6. Then, trailing 12-7, Sadie Carrasco came alive with a block and a kill on back to back points to cut it back to three at 12-9 and force a Bloodhound timeout.

Batey kept Mt. Pleasant close with two kills for the next two Panther points, but the Bloohounds still held a 14-11 lead. The Panthers scored five more points in the set, including another kill by Carrasco, but Ft. Madison outscored MPCHS 11-5 to close out the first set with a 25-16 victory.

Ft. Madison cruised through game two. Kills by Ashlee Menke and Anni Liechty kept it relatively close early and Mt. Pleasant was within five points at 11-6, but the Bloodhounds went on a 14-3 run to close out the game and the Panthers were one set away from defeat.

Mt. Pleasant was far more competitive in the third set, even leading at different times early on. Ft. Madison played a little sloppy to start the set and Mt. Pleasant was able to lead 7-5.

After a Ft. Madison point, Maggie Cristoforo came away with a block to keep the Panthers ahead at 8-6. Ft. Madison cut the lead back down to one with another point but Jackie Fraise helped Mt. Pleasant take their biggest lead of the day, 10-7, with a kill on the ninth point and an ace on the 10th.

The Bloodhounds were able to wake up after that, however. Ft. Madison closed the game out on an 18-6 run and dropped the Panthers to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the Southeast Conference.

“We had a tough time passing the ball tonight,” Coach David Streeter said after the loss. “Our offense didn’t get going and we were on our heels most of the night.”

Coach Streeter says improving their passing is the key to bouncing back, but the Panthers will need to shake off the loss with Fairfield coming up tomorrow night (Thursday).

“You’ve got to be able to take the beatings just to build yourself up,” Streeter says. “You get knocked down, you have to learn to get back up and get better.”

The junior varsity team fell 25-19 and 25-23 despite leading both games early.

Mt. Pleasant will look to bounce back at Fairfield on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m., with the freshman and junior varsity teams preceding it. The Trojans will come in to that game 1-0 after having swept Keokuk on Tuesday night.

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