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October 10, 2013

Mustangs defeat Lady Dees, clinch second place in conference

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"I think we were more aggressive" said Barnett. "We were especially aggressive with the serve and found some spots."

"I'd agree," said Albia coach Tessa Simpson. "I think we really played well at the net and that allowed us to get to more balls and keep the ball in play longer than usual."

Game four again found the Lady Dees active at the net, but more defensively than offensively. They only had one kill but the Mustangs did register seven blocks as they tried to slow down the hitting of Eakins and Birchmier. Janelle Fenton, who was 24 for 24 serving for the Mustangs, ended a three point service run for a 7-2 Davis County lead.

Dustin and Birchmier traded kills and the Mustangs lead was whittled down to 10-7. But, another perfectly placed winner by Eakins widened the Mustang lead back to 15-10.

Birchmier played an integral role in the games' later stages. She had a kill and a block winner, back to back, and the Mustangs led 21-16. Birchmier, who was a factor at the net, also tied for the lead in digs for Davis.

"I like to get kills and blocks, but I think my play in the back row helps our passing and that sets up Rylee (Eakins)," said Birchmier. "I like playing all around and I think it helps me really get into the game.”

Eakins ended game four and the match with her final kill. The 25-19 win was the end of a well-played and hard-fought match.

"This was a good match and maybe the best all around match we've played this season," said Simpson.

Albia (12-6,2-2) has one more SCC match with Chariton and Davis County (18-12,4-1) will put on their own tournament Saturday with action starting at 9 a.m.

Davis County 27-25-25-25

Albia 29-20-16-19

Davis County Statistics

Serving — Birchmier 16-18, Joos 17-18, Fenton 24/24, Eakins 13-15, Lauren Lynch 16-17, Shelby Graves 9-9. Team —95-101 . Aces — Birchmier 3, Joos, Fenton 2, Eakins. Team — 7.

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