Mountaineers go hot, cold in league action

Long Creek's Karolien Dorsman spikes the ball for a point while teammates Becca Helstowski (No. 5) and Christy Brown wait for the return in the first game against Jordan Valley on Sept. 20. Jordan Valley defeated Long Creek in four games, 25-22, 9-25, 25-18, 25-19 to hand the Mountaineers their first TriCo League loss of the season. The Eagle/TIM ADAMS

LONG CREEK - Coming off a five-game 25-13, 25-14, 14-25, 21-25, 15-4 win over TriCo League rival Spray on Thursday, Sept. 19, the Long Creek volleyball team ran into a another tough league opponent in Jordan Valley in a Friday match.

The Mountaineers lost the first game to the Mustangs 25-22, but dominated play in the second, 25-9, and looked to be in charge of the match.

However, the Mustangs rallied behind play of Anna Watkins and Katie Johnson to win the third and fourth games 25-18 and 25-14 to pick up the victory.

The win lifted Jordan Valley to 1-1 in league matches and 2-4 overall. Long Creek dropped to 1-1 in the TriCo League and 5-2 overall.

"We went through the first two games against Spray like a buzz saw," Long Creek coach James Hixenbaugh said. "Then they woke up, and we went to sleep in the third and fourth games; but we were able to come back in the fifth game to win the match."

Against Jordan Valley, Long Creek fell behind early in the first game, but Joey Vaughan brought the Mountaineers back with some strong serving for a 7-4 lead.

Floor mistakes by Long Creek, and Watkins serves, gave the Mustangs a 16-7 lead. Then, Cassi Ross brought the Mountaineers back once again to trail by a single point, 18-17.

Jordan Valley got the ball to lead 19-17, but a Long Creek tip and a lane violation tied the score 19-19.

The Mustangs tallied three straight points to lead 22-19 before the Mountaineers were able to answer but, were unable to get any closer.

A net serve by Long Creek and a Jordan Valley ace put the first game on the line, and Lauren Cuvelier gave the Mustangs the first game with a kill.

The second game was all Long Creek as the Mountaineers jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back.

Serving by Ross gave the Mountaineers a 15-4 lead at one point in the game and the Mustangs were never able to recover.

Becky Helstowski put up some great sets for Miranda Bennett and Karolien Dorsman, and Long Creek rolled to a dominating 25-9 win.

In the third game, the Mountaineers fell behind 7-3 before getting the ball back on their half of the floor.

Vaughan scored a pair of points on serve and Ross added two more to tie the score 9-9.

The Mountaineers then began making mistakes on the floor and Jordan Valley was able to pull out to a 16-11 lead.

Long Creek managed to cut the margin to four points on two occasions, but were never able to get any closer and lost 25-18.

Long Creek went completely flat in the fourth game falling behind 14-5 in the early minutes of action.

The Mountaineers tried to mount a rally and points by Bennett on serve trimmed the lead to 19-14 before Jordan Valley was able to regain command.

A mis-hit and a lane violation followed by a block for a point by Dinah Powers put the match on the line, and when a return sailed long the Mustangs picked up the victory 25-14.

Long Creek is off until Saturday, Sept. 28, when the Mountaineers host Harper for a 1 p.m. match.

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