Albia had the early lead in the opener. Kills by Bettis and Hugen helped them to a 4-3 advantage. Alexander had her second early kill to keep the Rockets within 6-4 but then it was give the ball to Haegen Boyer and just add up the points. When Boyer gave up the serve, her team led 17-6. Taylor was huge during the run with two kills and four blocks. Alexander finished off game one with a cross court kill.
Game two was close throughout with neither team having a lead bigger than two. Two mid-game kills by Alexander gave the Rockets a 10-9 lead and a Taylor kill put E-B-F up 16-14. Bettis had kills to tie it at 16 and 19 and then after her ace serve, the Lady Dees led 20-19. Dustin's winner off the double block won it for Albia.
“We maybe need to re-think this in this heat but I think it’s really important that we were able to take at least a game from each team,” said Simpson.
The Rocket hitting was the difference in the deciding game. The score was tied for much of the early going but Alexander's second kill gave E-B-F a 7-6 lead. The lead was 8-7 after Alexander's perfectly placed kill found an opening in the Lady Dee defense. Taylor took over the latter stages of the game with a block winner, a kill, and a big hit off a double block for a 14-8 E-B-F lead. The team’s traded points to close out game three.
E-B-F coach Gladys Genskow talked about her team’s play.
“This was a good test and a good way to open. We are an experienced team but we are playing offensively way better than we are defensively. When we find the balance we need our experience should make us really tough.”