ALBIA — The volleyball match Tuesday night in Albia was an important contest in the SCC. Davis County and Albia both went into the match with only one loss. The Mustangs prevailed over the Lady Dees 3-1, which means Davis County will finish second in the league, trailing undefeated E-B-F by just one game.
Game one was the highlight of the match. The Lady Dees and the Mustangs needed extra points to decide the opening game. Albia used a deep kill by Hannah Dustin and an ace serve by Zoee Hutt for its final two points in the 29-27 win.
Rylee Eakins got her huge night started with a block for the 1-0 Mustang lead to start the game. Eakins recorded 16 kills and nine blocks. Brooke Bettis gave the Lady Dees their first lead with a kill. With Dustin serving, Albia was able to stretch its lead to 5-1. For most of game one, the Lady Dees were able to stay in it with good all around play, but the Mustangs had the better play at the net. Eakins had three consecutive kills to keep the visitors within two at 6-4. Albia only missed one serve in the opening game. That, coupled with the problems the Mustangs had receiving serves, kept the game close.
"We didn't do a good job of serve receiving in game one and that created a lot of poor passing," said Davis County coach Marty Barnett.
A tip winner by Megan Joos pulled Davis County even at 10. A big hit off a double block by Joos and a kill by Eakins provided the Mustangs with a 15-11 lead. Later in the game, yet another Eakins' kill pushed the Mustang lead to 18-13. Bettis had a big hit off the block for a point to give Albia its first lead (25-24) since the early part of game one. An Eakins' kill even things up at 25 and, a few points later, a Kate Birchmier kill tied the score again, this time at 27. This set the stage for the last two critical points that garnered Albia the victory.