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Mid-Prairie was coming off a win in tight three-set match against Highland. The win sent the Golden Hawks into the tournament final against English Valleys with the momentum to win 25-9, 25-16 and control English Valleys the entire way.
“It was a great feeling and we just had a lot of energy so it was a good way to start off the year,” Mid-Prairie hitter Myah Lugar said.
Lugar had 17 kills on the day, tying her for the most with senior Makensie Rich.
Mid-Prairie had faced off against English Valleys in a scrimmage the week before, losing to the Bears. Lugar said the improvement over the short period of time has the team excited for the type of team they can be by the end of the season.
“We have a lot of season in front of us, so if we’re improving now it’ll be awesome to see how the season goes,” she said.
Mid-Prairie took the first set with a combination of their offense and just playing error-free volleyball. Simply putting it over the net allowed Mid-Prairie to take advantage of English Valleys’ squad that seemed out of sorts.
They started off the final with a 11-3 lead and eventually took the final six points of the set to win 25-9. The second set played a bit closer, but a 6-6 tie quickly turned into a 15-6 lead for Mid-Prairie.
In the two-set final the Golden Hawks were able to score eight aces, with Luugar leading the way with three and Cassidy Hershberger and Makensie Rich each having two.
To get to the final, Mid-Prairie defeated Keota and Highland in their pool play matches. Their Highland match went to a third set, but a few key plays by Mid-Prairie’s Caitlyn Riggan and Tori Boyse put the decider away.
Up 8-6, Boyse won a tip at the net, but a pair of kills from Highland’s Macey Thomann pushed Highland within one point at 9-8. Mid-Prairie then took over and coach Cindy Miller said the team ran a few plays they knew would work to perfection.
“We ended that Highland game with two really great plays. We had Caitlyn (Riggan) set Tori (Boyse) on a quick in the middle and that got them fired up,” she said.
Mid-Prairie won 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-12).
Miller said one thing she wanted her team to focus on was their level of play. With Mid-Prairie being a Class 3A team and quite a bit of the competition being Class 1A, Miller said she wanted the Golden Hawks to focus on raising their level, which for the most part she thought they did.
“We just keep talking about not caring what is on that side of the net, we can still do what we need to do on our side,” Miller said.
Highland went 0-2 on the day, dropping their first match to Keota 21-18, 23-21. The Huskies tried to battle out of a 8-1 hole in the first set, but ran out of time to come back and lost 21-18. The second set was led 10-8 by the Huskies before Keota rattled off eight straight points to take the lead. The match ended at 23-21 after a service error and a misplayed attack gave Keota the win.
“I’ve asked a lot of them the last two weeks. We’ve changed up a lot of different things to how they usually played,” Highland coach Whitney Howard said.
Lone Tree went 1-2 on the day, defeating Tri-County and losing to English Valleys in pool play before taking on Keota in the third/fourth place match.
Mid-Prairie volleyball is back on the court on Thursday with more non-conference action at Washington High School.
Mid-Prairie: 21; 21
Keota: 17; 14
Keota: 21; 23
Highland: 18; 21
Mid-Prairie: 21; 19; 15
Highland: 13; 21; 12
Mid-Prairie: 25; 25
English Valleys: 9; 16