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Panthers crush Chiefs on senior night

Oct 11, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Stacey Apadaca sets the ball for a teammate during Mt. Pleasant's 3-0 win over Keokuk on Tuesday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Mt. Pleasant volleyball team was in control all match long during Tuesday night’s senior night home game. The Panthers controlled all three sets and took down Keokuk 3-0 in Southeast Conference play.

The closest set of the night was the first. The Panthers kept a steady lead due to multiple kills from their outside hitters and a steady block up front, but Keokuk was able to capitalize on a few Mt. Pleasant mistakes to stay within a handful of points. The Chiefs couldn’t quite steal the lead late, though, and Mt. Pleasant took game one 25-20.

Mt. Pleasant had their best game in set number two. The Panthers got out to an early lead and didn’t look back, taking the second set 25-16.

The Panthers jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the third set thanks in part to a flurry of kills by Kalynn Batey, and it looked like Keokuk was dead in the water. The Chiefs did have a big run in them, however, and stormed back to take the lead.

Mt. Pleasant shook off the bad run and took back the lead in the next handful of points. Batey and Jackie Fraise continued to fire shots from the outside and a couple of Dani Broeker aces helped the Panthers secure a comfortable lead.

With the score at 24-17, Maggie Cristoforo finished the game off with a kill from the middle. The Panthers took game three 25-17 and ended the home schedule with a win.

“It was a well rounded, good game for us,” Mt. Pleasant head coach David Streeter said after the game. “We had our little lull of passing. For some reason we had one (Keokuk server) we had a problem with, but other than that we ran an offense (and) I love seeing that.”

Streeter also talked about his senior outside hitters, Batey and Fraise, who overpowered Keokuk and sit atop the team kills list. Streeter says having them clicking right before the postseason is a big advantage.

“It’s huge, especially towards the end of the season,” Streeter said. “Jackie is hitting her spots. Kalynn is hitting a line now, hitting across (and) she is able to control it more.”

The game was the final home contest for six Panthers including Fraise and Batey. Setter Ashlee Menke and Libero Dani Broeker played their last regular season game on the Mt. Pleasant floor, as did Stacey Apadaca and Joana Ortiz, both of whom contributed to Tuesday’s victory.

Mt. Pleasant finished the SEC schedule at 4-4. That puts them in third place behind conference champion Ft. Madison and second-place Fairfield. The Panthers are 11-18 overall this season and will finish off the year on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Liberty High School in Iowa City.

The Panthers will host one regional game. The Panthers will host Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

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