LEWISTOWN - Carlisle's Allison Duffy ruled the front line and also dominated early as a server as well, helping her team to a 3-0 victory over Mifflin County Monday night in Commonwealth Division girls volleyball action.
However, the Huskies didn't go down without a fight in the end, taking Carlisle to the limit in the third game before falling 25-23.
"We have been working a lot on the passing game and controlling the things we can. Every free ball should be converted into a play," Mifflin County coach Jill Zeger said. "The struggle I saw that we had this entire match is that we were not passing consistently. Our serves had not been as consistent as they had been. But during the third game we saw the passing was a lot more consistent we were a lot more aggressive and the game began to flow a lot better. So we're hoping in tomorrow's game we will be to hold together and make our passing and serving game more consistent."
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Mifflin County’s Chloe Bender, left, returns the ball as her teammate Anna Aurand watches Monday at home against Carlisle. See more photos online at cu.lewistownsentinel.com
In the third game, Mifflin County found its groove early, posting 10-2 lead before the Thundering Herd knew what hit them.
After trailing 1-0, the Huskies picked up a side out to get the ball rolling and in the process, taking a 1-0 lead.
Kaitlyn Dreese had the hot hand from the service line, picking up seven consecutive service points, putter her team up 8-1.
In the scoring surge, Mifflin County's patience played a strong part in the scoring as it allowed long shots and wide shots to go out of bounds untouched.
Dreese collected an ace in the process as well.
With an 8-2 lead, teammate Anna Aurand picked up an ace of her own with the Huskies building their lead to 10-2.
From there the two teams battled back and forth trying to take the momentum, resulting in three consecutive side outs and a Mifflin County lead of 11-4.
Carlisle started to slowly work its way back into the contest, going on a run that would close the Mifflin County lead to just four points, 13-9.
However, the Huskies shook off the close contest and went on another run of their own, resulting in a 19-12 advantage.
In the scoring spree, Mifflin County got service points from Kierra Imler. Highlighting the run was a dink softly in the middle by Dreese and a spike by Anna Aurand.
Dreese finished her night with three of her team's nine aces, 12 assists and nine service points while Aurand had four kills, as did Jenna Snyder.
With the score 21-15 in Mifflin County's favor, Carlisle made one last quick run as the Herd got the ball to Kristen John. John posted six consecutive service points, putting Carlisle ahead by one, 22-21. In the run, John provided five aces along with a dink by Brooke Loundon en route to retaking the lead.
From there, Carlisle took over and outscored Mifflin County three to one the rest of the way for the third and deciding victory.
After a strong start by the Huskies in the opening game, Duffy gave Carlisle its first run of the night, reeling off 11 consecutive service points along with two aces, making it 16-6.
The visitors rolled from there, taking the contest 25-9.
In the second game, the Huskies battled but Carlisle had its serving and its front line game in tact, resulting in the 25-10 victory.
Carlisle also won the JV game, 2-0.
Mifflin County hosts Cumberland Valley today at 6:30.