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October 10, 2013

Mustangs defeat Lady Dees, clinch second place in conference

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The Lady Dees stepped up their play at the net to keep game two close until the later stages. Albia again led early. Katie Dyson, who had already registered three game two blocks, had a kill at the net off an errant Mustang pass to give the Lady Dees their last lead at 17-16. Joos came through for Davis County with big hit off a double block that gave the Mustangs an 18-17 lead. She would later add a kill to the deep corner that grew DC's lead to 21-18. The teams traded side outs as Davis County closed out the 25-20 win. Eakins had a quiet game two for the visitors.

"Sometimes when we don't serve receive well, it can be a problem when Rylee is not in the rotation," said Barnett. "I think our rotations are getting stronger and we can handle that."

Davis County took the early lead in game three. Birchmier led off with an ace and, after Joos ended her serve, the Mustangs led 5-1.

Eakins kill was the fifth point, and after her next winner, the visitors led 9-4. The Eakins' winner was a perfectly placed shot — not the big hit she so often scores with.

"I've been trying to use some different shots lately," said Eakins. "It's really about reading the block and taking what they give me."

Dyson did her best to match Eakins' play at the net in game three. She would only have one kill, but she did have four big blocks. Her kill kept Albia within 19-14 and she later added two blocks. But, after the second late kill by Eakins, the Mustangs lead had ballooned to 23-16. Eakins' ace serve ended game three and gave the Davis County the 25-16 victory.

The game two and three wins saw the visitors improve their play, while the Lady Dees didn't play as well.

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