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Mid-Prairie traveled to Clear Creek-Amana on Saturday to face off against some tough competition prior to the River Valley Conference tournament and postseason volleyball.
“The CCA tourney gives us a chance towards the end of the season to play some talented 4A schools before we head into postseason and conference tournament play,” Mid-Prairie coach Cindy Miller said.
In their first match against Union the Golden Hawks lost 2-0, but not before a near comeback by Mid-Prairie. Karsen Jehle came off the bench and served 10-11 with four aces to spark Mid-Prairie.
Miller said Jehle, Paige Peiffer and Ainsley Miller came off the bench to help spark Mid-Prairie. The Golden Hawks dropped the set 23-21 after losing the first 21-14.
“We eventually lost 21-23, but (it was) great to see the efforts of these players into the mix,” Miller said.
Mid-Prairie then lost 2-0 to tournament host Clear Creek-Amana 21-13, 21-8 and lost to Iowa Valley 21-18, 21-14.
Their first win came with a strong offensive performance as the Golden Hawks had 19 kills in a 2-1 (21-19, 12-21, 17-15) win over Central DeWitt.
“We rallied back-and-forth, point-for-point trading the lead which was exciting but so great to see the team pull together to get the win,” Miller said.
Tori Boyse led the way with five kills and five total blocks. Cassidy Hershberger, Myah Lugar and Makensie Rich all had four kills each.
Hershberger had 14 digs to lead Mid-Prairie and one block in the win.
Mid-Prairie closed out the day with a 2-0 (21-14, 21-9) loss to North Scott.
Comets drop Hawks
Bellevue swept Mid-Prairie 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-11) in their River Valley Conference regular season finale.
Mid-Prairie celebrated senior night, honoring Makensie Rich and Maddy Harland for their contributions to the program.
Rich led the way for the Golden Hawks on senior night, coming up with six kills, seven digs and a block in the loss.
The Comets had 11 aces on the night and three players with eight or more kills.
Despite the loss, Miller said there were positives for Mid-Prairie to look to.
“We were able to place a great percentage of the serve-received balls and digs in system which is something else we have been stressing in practice,” Miller said.