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It was a rough start for the Mid-Prairie volleyball team last Tuesday against Iowa City Regina.
The Golden Hawks found themselves down 9-0 before adding their first point on a Phelan Hostetler block. Mid-Prairie coach Cindy Miller said with a young squad in an opposing team’s gym and the game not going well it can be tough to bounce back right away.
“Like I’ve said, we have a young team and they haven’t been in situations like this before so you just have to work your way through it and get back in there,” Miller said.
The Golden Hawks went on to drop three straight sets 25-4, 25-10, 25-13 to No. 15 in Class 2A Regina.
Regina’s Jaedynn Evans had a strong night against her former team and had nine kills on 20 attacks.
After the first set where Mid-Prairie collected only one kill, Miller said her team got together and things started to look a lot better. She said in the third set especially her team went from not being able to return a serve to controlling things well on offense.
“We actually controlled the serve, we were putting balls away and they were making errors instead of us making errors,” Miller said.
Now the next step for the Golden Hawks is to improve their net play to avoid giving free points away according to Miller.
“You can’t give a team that good a free ball every single time or not return a serve, it’s just how volleyball works,” Miller said. “It’s a game of mistakes and whoever makes the least amount wins.”
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Golden Hawks, who move on next to Northeast, Goose Lake on Thursday. After the Regina match, the team chatted about what they did well and how they can take advantage of that against the Rebels.
“I talked to them about playing smart not worrying about playing strong. You don’t have to try and kill it as hard as you can with all your might, you can place the ball,” Miller said.
The loss puts Mid-Prairie at 3-3 on the season.
Iowa City Regina: 25;25;25
Phelan Hostetler, 3
Myah Lugar, 3
Alison Yoder, 11
Caitylyn Riggan, 7
Caitlyn Riggan, 6
Makensie Rich, 1
Mid-Prairie took on Northeast Goose Lake on Thursday and struck first by winning the first set 25-18 before dropping the next three.
After a first set win the second set fell apart for the Golden Hawks as they lost 25-9, they lost the third and fourth sets 25-21 and 25-22.
Freshman Myah Lugar led the team in kills with 10 kills for the match. The loss puts Mid-Prairie at 3-4 on the season.
The team has a match against West Branch on Sept. 12 and will be at Bellevue on Sept. 14.