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November 1, 2013

Mustangs drop tough match

MEDIAPOLIS — The Davis County Mustang volleyball team piled on the bus, rode 95 miles and squared off with once rated Mediapolis on its home floor Thursday night in second round regional volleyball action. The Mustangs fought the Bullettes tooth and nail for every point in the match but, in the end, dropped the hard-fought match 3-0. The 25-22, 25-18, and 25-23 scores showed just how evenly matched the two teams were.

With Megan Joos serving, Davis County would run out to an early 5-1 lead. The early Mustang lead would be a common theme in every game. Two big hits by Rylee Eakins kept the Mustangs up 7-3. Mediapolis would slowly use their hitting to get the game back to even. Eakins and Kate Birchmier were just outnumbered at the net, as five different Bullettes had kills in game one. Mediapolis finally tied it at 10. Birchmier's kill gave the lead back to DC and, after Eakins answered three kills by Bullette Rachel Holsteen with three of her own, the Mustangs led 18-16.

Game one would be close until the final point. One critical point came with the Mustangs trailing 23-22. One linesman flag went up and one went down and after the Mustangs were denied the touch call, DC was down 24-22 instead of tied at 23. One call doesn't lose a game and certainly not a match but, had that point been different, it might have had an effect on the night's play.

Game two had Mediapolis up early 5-2 before the Mustangs came roaring back with Eakins serving to take the lead at 7-5. The Mustangs' lead was at 13-12 — Joos had two midgame kills to help hold the lead. Eakins had two big hits to keep the Mustangs within striking distance at 17-15, but then the Bullettes outscored Davis County 8-3 to close out the match.

Davis County's pre pre-game warm-up included taping an ankle of one of their starters. Lauren Lynch didn't miss a beat as she and her teammates battled Mediapolis.

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