LEWISTOWN - Not all loses can be considered bad losses.
Sporting a young team in her first year as coach of the Mifflin County girls volleyball team, Jill Zeger has seen quite a progression in her girls in just one week and Thursday night's Commonwealth Division match against Central Dauphin was no exception.
Though the score on paper showed the Rams taking a 3-0 victory over the Huskies, the locals settled in from first game until the third and improved as the match went on, cutting the Rams' winning margin from 25-10 in the opener to 25-11 in the second game and 25-15 in the final set of the night.
Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Mifflin County’s Chloe Benner (1) gets a dig against Central Dauphin Thursday in Lewistown.
"We have a young team and a young program overall," Zeger said. "We have been working on communicating and working together as one unit instead of individual players. Once they start communicating the passes go right to the target so passing is the key. So when they give those passes up and everything else goes from there. So first and third games I definitely saw a difference in the way they were talking to each other and they way they were passing to each other."
Leading the way for the Huskies in kills were Bryn Ferguson and Anna Aurand with two apiece. Ferguson also led the team in blocks while Chloe Benner led the defense collecting seven digs.
Mifflin County was led in service points by Aurand, Hayley Hower, Jessica Dzupova and Kaitlyn Dresse, each of whom had two.
Mifflin County travels to Halifax Monday
The Rams were led by the strong upfront presence of Anna Green. The offense worked through Green as she posted numerous spikes and dinks into the empty spots on the Huskies' front and midline.
Also packing a strong punch for Central Dauphin was server Kerri Miller. Miller helped lead to Rams to victory in the first game, collecting seven consecutive service points en route to the victory. Teammate Rosa Veliky held service in the second game, posting five straight service points.
In the final contest, Mifflin County settled in, showed patience. It was a game that provided 27 side outs, including a run of 10 in the middle of the contest.
"Every single game we have is giving the girls more experience against different kind of players, different kind of teams. I feel like every time they play they get more confidence to be able to see something and make that change. Our defense improved through the night and our net play as well," Zeger said. "They were able to get up and play more aggressive. They were playing against a team the was hitting aggressively against them so it was nice to see. They are learning every single time to make those adjustments. I think they are doing a nice job and I am very proud of them and they're progression that they have made since the beginning of the year and since the first week of games."
Mifflin County is back in action Monday, and back in the Tri-Valley League as the Huskies head to Halifax.