NEW MADISON – Tri-Village and Mississinawa Valley went down to the wire requiring a game three overtime and OT to decide the winner of the fifth and final volleyball game.
When the dust had settled, the Lady Hawks had a 3-2 win taking game five by a 17-15 score.
“My girls like to play volleyball, so any chance we get, we just go to five and have fun with it,” chuckled an exhausted MV coach Billie Hunt following the match. “My hitters were looking good tonight and I really couldn’t be more proud of them except it would have been nice to do it in three. They gave us a heck-of-a-game.”
“We’re going to hold our heads up high,” said TV coach Eric Burkhart. “They played hard…just a good volleyball match.”
MV ran away with the first set opening an 8-0 lead before winning game one 25-11.
“We have a couple girls injured,” said Burkhart. “We had a whole new lineup and a whole new setter.”
The Lady Patriots rebounded to win game two by a 25-18 score and had to extend game three to win 27-25.
“First game we were learning that new rotation, getting a feel for that new rotation and our new setter,” said Burkhart. “Once we got comfortable with that, it was game on for us.”
Game three had Tri-Village racing out to an 8-2 lead only to have the Lady Hawks battle back with the game seeing 12 ties with the final tie coming at 25-25 with the New Madison girls taking a 2-games-to-1 lead.
MV jumped out to a 7-2 advantage to open game four only to have the Lady Patriots catch the Lady Hawks at 19-19. The set would see three more ties, 20-20, 21-21 and 22-22 before MV would pull out the win and even the match at 2-2 with a 25-23 game four win.
“In that fourth set it was real tight,” Burkhart said. “We missed a couple of serves right in a row which I think cost us.”
“We had times…I don’t know what they were doing and they turn around and do exactly what I knew they could,” Hunt said. “They played well.”
The fifth and final game was played close with the score tied at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 and 6-6 before MV took a four point lead at 11-7 lead.
The Lady Patriots battled back to knot the score at 12-12, 13-13, 14-14 and 15-5 only to have the Lady Hawks reel off the final two points of the night to win the deciding set 17-15
“I am so proud of the way they played tonight,” said TV Coach Burkhart. “They played as a team and we fought hard.”
“Our hitters, Mikayla Stump, Kelsie Hunt, Makenna Price up front…Sidnie (Hunt) even pulled in some good ones,” said MV Coach Hunt. “I just felt like my hitters were doing a great job tonight and obviously we can’t have the hitters without the passing and the setters setting; so it was a team win tonight in the end.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Sidnie Hunt slams a kill for Mississinawa in CCC win over Lady Patriots