By Debbie Raney
The Mustangs’ Paige Landon powers a kill shot over the net. (Photo by DEBBIE RANEY)
The Crane Mustang volleyball team got another league win under their belt, with a victory over the Burnt River Bulls last Friday. With the win, Crane upped their High Desert League record to 6-1, with three league opponents left to play — Adrian, Long Creek and Prairie City.
In Friday’s win, Crane took the match against Burnt River in three games — 26-16, 25-19, 26-24.
The Mustangs trailed early in the first game, but at a score of 6-9, Rebekah Clark took the serve for Crane and put the Mustangs into a 13-9 lead. With kills from Paige Landon and a block-kill by Cassidy Corrigan, Crane held the lead all the way to a score of 19-16. Hannah Steeves aced two serves to spread the Mustang advantage, and one final Landon kill sealed the game.
Crane led all the way through game two, as they racked up eight aces serves as a team. C. Corrigan hit four aces for the Mustangs and Landon, Steeves, Morgan Corrigan and Tanya Williams downed one ace apiece.
A nine-point run for Burnt River at the top of the third game put the Mustangs into a hole, but they were able to slowly climb out. Still trailing at 7-16, Katrina Valentine went to servers position and started Crane’s comeback. With kills from Landon and C. Corrigan, and an ace serve thrown in the mix, Valentine brought the Mustangs back to within two, 15-17. Crane stayed within two points to a 20-22 score, and then back-to-back ace serves by C. Corrigan tied the game up. M. Corrigan snuck a tip-kill to the floor for the Mustangs first lead of the game, and then Steeves aced the game- and match-winning point.
Crane’s final three league games will be played this week. The Mustangs will host Adrian at noon on Thursday, and then play Long Creek and Prairie City in Prairie City on Friday.