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October 25, 2018 Tipton beats Mid-Prairie in regional quarterfinal
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Mid-Prairie drew the wrath of Class 3A No. 2 Tipton in the first round of regional volleyball, falling 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-16) to the River Valley Conference champions.

“We also knew that even though the past scores were not in our favor, we had played some of our best volleyball against them,” Mid-Prairie coach Cindy Miller said.

The match marked the third time the Golden Hawks took on Tipton this season and this one ended the way the other had. Tipton started off the match by taking the first six points of the night. Mid-Prairie’s first earned point came on a Cassidy Hershberger kill to make the score 14-5 in favor of Tipton.

The Golden Hawks started to get back into the set and closed the lead to 18-11 at one point, but Tipton then surged ahead for a 25-13 win in set one.

The Tigers had another strong start in the second set, forcing a Mid-Prairie timeout at a 10-1 deficit that became 12-1 before Mid-Prairie scored their next point. The second set ended 25-9 in favor of Tipton.

With their season potentially ending, Mid-Prairie buckled down and had their best set of the night in an effort to avoid the sweep. The Golden Hawks battled back-and-forth with the Tigers trading points in the third. Sneaky kills from Makensie Rich and Caitlyn Riggan helped pace Mid-Prairie early. Eventually a kill from Tori Boyse and a Rich ace tied things 6-6. Once Tipton took a 9-8 lead the momentum of the set changed and Tipton started a streak. Mid-Prairie took a timeout at 19-11 in favor of Tipton. Rich had a kill out of the timeout, but the Golden Hawks couldn’t string together points and fell 25-16.

“In set three, we played point-for-point until about 10 and we completed the match with the most points we had earned against them all season,” Miller said.

Overall, this season has had ups and downs according to Miller.

“What stands out is this team’s positive attitude, internal dynamics and work ethic to keep giving their best week after week,” Miller said.

The Golden Hawks ended the season with a 7-23 record, two more than the previous season. Mid-Prairie seniors include Rich and Maddy Harland. With just two seniors graduating, Miller said she was optimistic about the future.

“We only graduate two players, so we will return next year with even more court experience and build on what we accomplished this season,” Miller said.

Box Score:

Mid-Prairie: 13; 9; 16

Tipton: 25; 25; 25

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