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Mid-Prairie broke a six-match losing streak and took two wins in four matches at their home volleyball tournament on Saturday.
The two wins came in three-set matches against Washington and Sigourney, the two losses against Class 3A No. 10 West Liberty and Iowa City Regina.
The day started off on a sour note as the Golden Hawks lost 21-6, 21-6 to a strong Comets team. The Comets were able to score nine aces and had 16 kills in the match. Mid-Prairie had four players with one kill each, but struggled offensively.
“I knew starting off with West Liberty would be tough but we bounced back with two wins against Sigourney and Washington,” Mid-Prairie coach Cindy Miller said.
The Golden Hawks didn’t let the tough loss get to them and won their next match against Sigourney 2-1 (21-15, 15-21, 15-12).
After back-and-forth sets in the first two, Mid-Prairie buckled down and roared out to a 4-0 lead behind two Cassidy Hershberger aces. That lead would be crucial later as Sigourney brought the match as close as 13-11 before Mid-Prairie closed it out 15-12.
Tori Boyse had four kills and two solo blocks for Mid-Prairie in the match. Hershberger finished the match with six aces in total, a single-game season best for any Golden Hawks player. Caitlyn Riggan had seven assists and three kills. Abbi Patterson led with eight digs.
A 2-0 loss to Iowa City Regina (21-12, 22-20) saw the Golden Hawks nearly force a third set, but an in-the-net call against the Golden Hawks negated their 21st point and Regina was able to close things out 22-20.
“We talk a lot about mental toughness, body language and being court aware. This all comes with confidence and it seems we are getting closer everyday,” Miller said.
Mid-Prairie finished off their morning with a 2-1 win over Washington (14-21, 21-11, 15-13). It was a balanced effort on offense as Myah Lugar, Makensie Rich and Boyse each had three kills. Despite ending the match with a negative kill efficiency, Mid-Prairie was able to keep their own errors in check and took advantage of Washington miscues.
Mid-Prairie has a 6-7 record heading into a week of conference play against West Liberty and West Branch. With the height of both teams, Miller said they will be working a lot on their play at the net.
“This week we will be working on blocking, serving and defensive block coverage,” Miller said.
M-P grows at North Cedar
Mid-Prairie dropped a River Valley Conference match to North Cedar 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-21) on Thursday.
Miller said she was happy with how the team adjusted by the third set and cleaned up their passing.
“Our passers did a much better job putting the ball into system for Caitlyn to run the offense which ultimately led to a tight third set,” Miller said.
Despite North Cedar’s height at the net, Myah Lugar had a nice night with seven kills. Four Golden Hawks had two blocks on the night as Tori Boyse, Tayler Murphy, Makensie Rich and Caitlyn Riggan found a way to make a difference at the net.