“We just made way too many unforced errors,” said Cardinal coach Jerald Harter. “As far as the hitting goes, if you’re going to play in the middle at the net, you have to expect people to be in your face and go up strong and make the hit anyway. We got a lot better in the second game against Davis County.”
Harter was right, as Durflinger and McMartin gave the Comets a presence at the net against the big-hitting Mustangs.
The game was close throughout. Birchmier and Eakins had four early blocks as the Mustangs fashioned a 12-8 lead. McMartin and Durflinger combined for three early blocks for the Comets and after their back-to-back kills, Cardinal was down just one at 14-13.
Eakins and Fenton again worked their games together to give the Mustangs the late lead they needed. After Eakins big hit off the block for a winner put the Mustangs up 18-16, she would have five consecutive kills at points 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.
Fenton, who was a perfect 33 for 33 on the night serving, was the server to take advantage while Eakins was bombing away. Birchmier put an end to the night’s play with a kill to finish off the Comets.
Cardinal (12-13) will travel to Pella Christian to take on the Eagles Tuesday night to start district play.
“At this time of the season, it’s all about preparation for moving on” said Barnett. “I’d like to see us do a little better job of mixing up our offense.”
Davis County will be back in action today at the Fairfield Tournament
Davis County Triangular
Match Scores: Davis County 25-25, Van Buren 5-8; Cardinal 25-25, Van Buren 17-17; Davis County 25-25, Cardinal 11-19.
Davis County Statistics
Serving — Shelby Graves 16/17, Lauren Lynch 7/8, Janel Fenton 33/33, Megan Joos 17/19, Rylee Eakins 6/9, Mallory Wells 1/1, Kate Birchmier 6/7, Blair Bodkins 4/4. Team 90/98. Aces — Graves, Fenton, Joos 2, Eakins, Birchmier. Team — 6.