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MP drops home match to Fairfield

Panthers compete in first and third sets against 12th-ranked Trojans
Aug 31, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Lyndi Vantiger hits the deck to save the ball before it hits the ground in Mt. Pleasant's 3-0 loss to Fairfield on Thursday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Mt. Pleasant volleyball team showed some improvements in two of their three sets against No. 12 Fairfield on Thursday night. The Panthers played well in the first and third sets, but were still swept by the favored Trojans, 3-0 (25-23, 25-9, 25-19).

Fairfield scored the first three points of the first set, but Mt. Pleasant showed they came to play with four straight of their own, two of which came on Caroline Richtman aces, to take a 4-3 advantage.

The entire first set went back and forth as the teams traded blows and were tied on several different occasions. Maggie Cristoforo sprinkled kills throughout the end of the match and the Panthers were the first team to 20, leading 20-19 heading into the final stretch.

The game was tied as late as 21-21 before Fairfield scored the three of the next four to take a 24-22 lead. Hannah Hess had a big kill to bring the Panthers within one, at 24-23, but a Kara Jeffery kill ended the game and helped the Trojans survive.

Fairfield was able to parlay the mometum from winning the tight first set into a blowout in the second set. Not only did the Trojans take the second set 25-9, but the Panthers suffered a setback when starting middle hitter Sadie Carrasco was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury.

Mt. Pleasant did bounce back early in the third set. Avery Sutter with a game-starting kill and the Panthers stayed in it throughout the set.

The Panthers went on a bit of a dry-spell kill wise late in the third period and Fairfield was able to pull away again. The last tie of the game was at 16-16, and Fairfield scored nine of the last 12 points.

After the game, Panther head coach David Streeter said he told his team to focus on the sets where they showed they could hang with Fairfield.

“Like I told them after the game, we’re not going to talk about the second set,” Streeter said. “We’re going to stick with one and three where we made that improvement. Our serve receive was better, and that needs to keep getting better. Once we get that, we can start running an offense.”

Streeter said the game looked a lot better than their three-set loss in Ft. Madison on Tuesday. The Panthers lost that one 25-11, 25-6 and 25-21.

“Ft. Madison was a good hitting team, and we didn’t serve receive very well,” Streeter said. “They got to hit at us constantly, so that’s what hurt us there. Today was a little different story. We actually did a better job serve receiving. We were able to run a little offense and they weren’t getting the free swings that Ft. Madison did, so I’d call that an improvement for us right now.”

The Panthers were led in kills by Cristoforo. Lyndi Vantiger had the most digs.

The JV team won their match, beating Fairfield 26-24, 10-25, 15-7.

Mt. Pleasant will be at Washington for their next game on Tuesday, Sept. 4. That varsity game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.

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