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Oct 04, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Dani Broeker chases down the ball to keep it alive during Mt. Pleasant’s sweep of Washington on Tuesday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


WASHINGTON — Mt. Pleasant made quick work of Washington in their Southeast Conference volleyball game on Tuesday night. The Panthers swept Washington 3-0 in a contest that took just north of an hour.

The Panthers pulled away a little more in each of the three games. Mt. Pleasant won game one 25-18, game two 25-15 and game three 25-13.

The two teams traded blows early in the first set. Mt. Pleasant jumped out to a 7-4 lead, but Washington scored the next four points, tying the game 7-7 on an Olivia Pacha block and then taking an 8-7 lead on the next point.

Washington held a 9-8 lead after a Morgan Brinning kill, but the Demons didn’t have the lead for the rest of the game as Mt. Pleasant started to pull away.

Mt. Pleasant kept the pressure up late with aces from Anni Liechty and Dani Broeker. The Panthers took a 23-16 lead on a block by Sadie Carrasco and Jackie Fraise. After a couple of Demon points cut the lead back to 23-18, Mt. Pleasant closed it out with the final two points to win it 25-18.

Mt. Pleasant got off to a fast start in the second set, scoring the first five points. Washington’s Addison Six and Gracie Greiner combined for the next four points to cut it to 5-4 but the Demons could never quite take the lead.

With the game at 14-10 after a kill by Pacha, Mt. Pleasant went on one of the biggest runs of the night. The Panthers scored six points in a row, two on kills by Fraise to take a commanding 20-10 lead. The Panthers cruised from that point on and ended the second set at 25-15 on a kill by Kalynn Batey.

Washington was able to stick with Mt. Pleasant through the first portion of the third set, splitting the first 14 sets at 7-7 apiece. Mt. Pleasant’s Anni Liechty stepped up and scored four points in a row, three on aces, to give the Panthers an 11-7 lead, and Mt. Pleasant never looked back. The Panthers ended the third set on an 18-6 run and completed the sweep with a 25-13 victory.

After the game, Mt. Pleasant head coach David Streeter talked about his team’s ability to improve in each game.

“(Washington) came out doing the little things different, pushing the ball harder and using their middle a lot more than what we were expecting,” Streeter said. “They caught us a little off guard and we just had to make that small adjustment. Once we did that, we were fine.”

Mt. Pleasant moved to 9-15 overall and 3-4 in conference play with the win. Washington fell to 2-19 overall and 1-5 in the SEC.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 7., to host their home tournaments. Washington’s tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m., and Mt. Pleasant’s tournament will begin at 9 a.m.

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