“I think it bothered our offense a little because we couldn't set her as much,” said Davis County coach Marty Barnett.
Starting game three is not a time to make switches in your game plan and that's exactly how Barnett explained it.
“Different game plans or schemes at this time of the year really doesn't help,” said Barnett. “You have to play like you have all season – just a little better."
Again, the visiting Mustangs grabbed an early lead and forced a Mediapolis timeout. Joos had a six-point service run (two aces) that gave the Mustangs a 7-1 lead. Eakins had two big kills in the early going. It took Bullettes longer to get back to even in the third game, but they took control late and then held on to win.
“I think their over-all quickness and quicks at the net were hard for us to adjust to,” said Barnett. "It's just hard to get the block in that situation”.
The Mustangs would have no blocks in the final game. Eakins kill to the deep corner kept DC up 9-3. DC would lead by seven twice – the last time at 14-7 before Mediapolis started their comeback. Eakins had a kill, but then Heidi Hillyard had three big winners for the Bullettes to draw her team within one at 18-17.
The final points were all part of ties at 20 and 22. DC actually led 22-20 before Mediapolis fought back to even. Holsteen's kill gave the home team a 23-22 lead and they would score the next point to take a 24-22 lead. Another Holsteen kill ended the Mustang season. The Mustangs finished their season sporting a 29-14 record.
“At times tonight, we played as well as we have all season” said Barnett. “This team gave us all they could all season and I'm proud of them for that”.
Davis County 22-18-23
Davis County statistics
Serving — Lynch 9/9, Shelby Graves 13/13, Janel Fenton 6/7, Joos 16/17, Eakins 13/13, Birchmier 6/6. Team — 63/65.
Aces – Joos 2, Eakins. Team -– 3.
Hitting – Lynch 7/9, Graves 2/4, Fenton 1/1, Joos 15/19, Eakins 24/25, Birchmier 25/29. Team – 74/87. Kills – Graves 2, Joos 2, Eakins 9, Birchmier 2. Team – 15.
Blocks – Fenton, Eakins 3, Birchmier 4. Team — 8.
Digs — Joos 9. Team — 30.
Assists — Graves 26. Team — 28.