Class 7-2A Volleyball: Mount
Pulaski defeats Mansfield Blue Ridge in opening round of State
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[March 12, 2017]
The Mount Pulaski Honeybears
knocked off Mansfield Blue Ridge Saturday morning in the opening
round of the Class 7-2A State Tournament hosted by Decatur LSA.
wasted no time sprinting out to a 10-1 lead behind service points
from Je’Na Rentmeister and Hailee Daigh.
kills by Cassidy Clark allowed the Honeybears a commanding 14-2 lead
over the Knights. Bullet serves by Clark stretched the lead to 19-3
in favor of the Honeybears.
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Mount Pulaski was
able to take advantage of a series of errors by the Knights and in
the blink of an eye Mount Pulaski was dominating the first set 23-4.
A couple bright
spots for Blue Ridge finally shined here as lefty Tori Wingett took
flight and threw down a big kill and Ashlyn Voyles followed that
with an ace serve to keep the Knights alive.
took a 23-6 lead down the home stretch and after two net violations
for Blue Ridge, the Honeybears took the first set 25-6.
Blue Ridge fans
could cheer early in the second set with a 1-0 lead to start off the
contest, but Mount Pulaski quickly turned things around.
Thanks to the
outstanding serving of Daigh and the fabulous hitting of Clark,
Mount Pulaski was dominating early with an 8-1 lead.
serving allowed the Honeybears a 10-2 lead.
After a huge kill
by Alexis Wade, Mount Pulaski was in control with a 13-5 lead.
Turner serving, the lead was stretched to 17-6 and the Mount Pulaski
fans were loving the way their Honeybears were playing together.
For Blue Ridge
finally, Charley Allen got on top of the ball and slammed it down,
quieting the Mount Pulaski crowd for a second.
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Despite Allen’s accomplishment, Mount Pulaski was still in control
in this one, 18-9. The Honeybears kept the ball moving while Blue
Ridge struggled to set things up and get a good hit.
Meanwhile, Clark was busy making a statement for the Honeybears and
her kill allowed Mount Pulaski a confident 23-11 lead.
At this point the
Honeybears fan section was making plans to chant, “I believe that we
will win.” After a kill by Wade, the fans were loud and proud, “I
believe that we will win!”
Clark served the team to victory with her ace service point to end
the spectacular 24-1 season record Blue Ridge had brought into the
serve once again proved vicious and Mount Pulaski took set two
Mount Pulaski improves to 14-4 and will play their second match of
the day versus Lewistown Central (25-1) at 1 p.m.
happiest young fans, this week.
Head Coach Donna Dulle was just relieved the pressure of winning the
first match was off following the win over Blue Ridge. “That’s
always what you want to do,” she said, noting that the team will now
get to bring home a piece of hardware. Coach Dulle continued
praising the girls after the win. "They stayed focused. They played
together. They know it takes all of them to do what needs to be done
out there. One person cannot play volleyball by themselves. It took
all of them. They all contributed. All eight players that went in
did something nice for us. We get to take a trophy home with us and
we get to play on Tuesday night. I am so excited,” she said with a
Mount Pulaski stats
Clark 11 kills 4 aces
Rentmeister 7 kills 1 ace
Wilham 3 kills 1 ace
Wade 2 kills 6 digs 1 ace
Clarissa Turner 1 kill
Hailee Daigh 12 assists 6 aces
Xzandria Turner 1 ace