Tigers spike Crane in four

Monument-Dayville's Erin Langkamp hits the ball while Tess Anderson (No. 10) and Kayla Cole back up the play in a 25-19, 25-11, 25-23 match in which visiting Long Creek defeated the Tigers on Sept. 12. The Eagle/DAVID CARKHUFF

CRANE - The Monument-Dayville volleyball team earned a big victory over Crane on Friday, Sept. 13, taking a four-set 25-22, 19-25, 25-17, 25-13 victory over the Mustangs.

The win boosted the Tigers' season record in dual matches to 2-1.

"We played real well in the first set but had a little mental lapse in the second," coach Carrie Jewell said. "In the final two sets we came back and played wonderful."

Jewell said the whole team got to play in the match, and everyone contributed.

"The girls made some marvelous plays, and we had some great saves," Jewell said. "They all played just wonderful."

The Tigers rallied from a loss to Long Creek on Sept. 12. Long Creek won at Dayville 25-19, 25-11, 25-23.

Monument-Dayville plays at the Burnt River Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Long Creek takes Panthers to four games in rematch

PRAIRIE CITY - The rematch between two of the top Class 1A volleyball teams in Grant County lived up to its advanced billing on Friday, Sept. 13.  Coming off a three-set loss to the host team at the Prairie City Tournament on Sept. 7, Long Creek put together a tremendous effort to take a 22-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20 victory over the Panthers.

The win lifted the Mountaineers' preseason record to 4-1. The Panthers, who had not dropped a set in four outings going into the match, fell to 4-1.

"We did really well today and we were able to keep our focus after dropping the first set," Long Creek coach James Hixenbaugh said.

In the opening set, the teams traded points with the score being tied on two occasions before the Panthers managed to forge ahead, 16-11, on a kill by Lindy Black.

The Mountaineers didn't quit and with the first set on the line, Joey Vaughan served three points to cut into the lead but a ball which fell just inside the line on a return gave Prairie City the first set, 25-22.

After that it was all Long Creek as the Mountaineers took a 5-1 lead in the second set and never looked back.

Strong serving by Cassi Ross and Miranda Bennett put Long Creek up 13-7 before Amanda Rockhill, Eve Denton and Black brought the Panthers back to trim the lead to 19-16.

Center-line violations and mis-hits hurt the Panthers down the stretch, and Long Creek came away with a 25-18 victory.

In the third set, Bennett served Long Creek to a 6-0 lead and Prairie City was never able to catch up.

With the Mountaineers holding a 22-11 lead, the two teams traded points down the stretch and a net serve followed by a line violation gave Long Creek the win, 25-14.

"Long Creek has a scrappy team that gets everything back over the net," Prairie City coach Eva Saul said. "We just didn't adjust to their tips and short hits."

In the fourth and deciding set, Prairie City looked to be in charge taking a 14-8 lead at one point before the Mountaineers were able to stage a comeback

Chipping steadily away at the lead, Long Creek tied the score 20-20 and went ahead for the first time on a Prairie City mis-hit.

A long return which sailed beyond the end line gave Long Creek a two-point lead, and Prairie City coach Eva Saul called a time out to get her team regrouped.

A tip by Bennett gave Long Creek another point and a mis-hit ball by Prairie City put the set on the line.

The Panthers were able to recover and score a point, but yet another mis-hit gave Long Creek the match, 25-20.

"We knew we could do it if we just kept everything together," Hixenbaugh said. "I thought all the girls played their hearts out in this match."

Black led the Panthers with 11 kills and Brittany Reid added nine.

Rockhill was the top server for Prairie City with 14 points.

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