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Mid-Prairie embraced their youth in a 3-0 sweep of Washington last week as they continue to get more confident on offense.
The Golden Hawks won 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-17) behind the strong combo of sophomore setter Caitlyn Riggan and senior hitter Maya Hall. Hall finished the night with 12 kills while Riggan had 26 assists.
“She does an amazing job, no matter where they are Caitlyn (Riggan) goes and gets those balls,” Hall said.
The first set was close until the 20-17 mark for Mid-Prairie when they went on a five point run filled with Washington errors and one of Hall’s three aces. Mid-Prairie eventually took the set 25-20.
The second set is where Mid-Prairie had to dig deep, eventually winning by two at a mark of 26-24 where they held off a late Washington run. In the third set some early powerful kills from Hall deflated Washington and led to Mid-Prairie coasting to a 25-17 third set win that clinched the match.
Hall said the difference on Thursday versus their earlier stumblings was the team starting to gel.
“I would say our trust in each other has gotten better., We recently just had one of our seniors break her wrist at Keota and so that kind of did set us back, but we realized then that everybody needed to pick it up,” she said. “Instead of relying on her to get those balls everyone needed to become leaders.”
Mid-Prairie coach Cindy Miller said that senior Anna Vilovchik will be out for six weeks with a broken wrist. She said her injury will be a big loss in these early season matches.
“She’s going to be out for probably six weeks. It’s a big bummer because she probably was our biggest leader,” Miller said.
In Vilovchik’s place, Alison Yoder stepped in at libero and ended the night with three kills, eight digs and one ace on 100 percent serve efficiency. Miller said there won’t be a drop off and Yoder was planned to compete with Vilovchik for the libero position.
“I was going to decide which one was going to win the spot, but unfortunately Anna’s wrist happened so we don’t have that situation,” Miller said.
Miller said overall she was very happy with her team’s performance, and that after the initial nerves settled, things went well.
“They’re good athletes so it’s just a matter of getting experience and confidence. I could tell at the beginning they were a little nervous and then as they started getting balls down,” Miller said.
Two of the strong contributors for Mid-Prairie were freshman Myah Lugar and Phelan Hostetler. Hall said the two have worked hard and that led to five kills for Lugar and four for Hostetler.
“Yeah, I would say I’m pretty surprised (they played so well) but I didn’t doubt that it could happen, even in the off-season at open gyms they would work with us and ask questions,” Hall said.
Mid-Prairie will be back in action on Aug. 31 when they visit Durant High School.