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Panthers can’t solve Fairfield

Sep 01, 2017
Photo by: Andy Hallman Maggie Cristoforo (3) and Hannah Hess (4) block a Trojan spike attempt during Thursday’s match.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


FAIRFIELD — The Mt. Pleasant volleyball saw a couple of close sets against a talented Fairfield squad on Friday night but it wasn’t meant to be, as the Trojans excaped in both the first and second set, and ran away with the third to complete the sweep.

The Trojans defeated the Panthers by a combined five points in the first two games. Fairfield gritted out game one 25-22 and played it even closer to the best in game two before pulling out a 25-23 win. Mt. Pleasant ran out of gas in game three as the Trojans topped them 25-11.

The Panthers and Trojans are no stranger to close sets. The Panthers went 1-3 against the Trojans in 2016, with the only sweep coming in Fairfield. Mt. Pleasant’s loan win came at the Ottumwa tournament in mid-September.

It’s now time for the Panthers to get ready for the two Southeast Conference teams they got the better of in 2016.

In Mt. Pleasant’s next two SEC games, they’ll play Washington on Tuesday Sept. 5, at home, and Keokuk on Thursday, Sept. 7, on the road.

Mt. Pleasant picked up all their conference wins against the Demons and Chiefs in 2016, en route to a 4-4 SEC record, and will need to win both games to get to .500 in the SEC before the halfway mark.

The junior varsity team had a similar result, falling in a tight game one and fluttering in the second. The Trojans swept the JV Panthers 25-22 and 25-12.

The freshman team, however, was able to pick up their first win. The ninth-grade Panthers rolled 25-16 in game one, before getting tripped up 25-21 in game two. Mt. Pleasant was able to grit their teeth in game three, winning it 15-9 to get into the winner’s column.

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