by Lindy Steeves
After falling to Dayville/Monument (D/M) during their first home tournament of the season, the Crane Mustangs volleyball team fired back with a decisive win over the Tigers Thursday, Oct. 3. The Mustangs swept the match in three games, scoring 25-15, 25-20, 25-19.
Serving runs by Glennie Milburn and Claire Hammond quickly took Crane to a 13-7 lead in the first set. Net play and kills by Milburn and Hannah Maupin kept the Tigers at bay, while Bryanna Dunn served the score to 21-14. After Milburn’s serve and a quick D/M possession that brought the score to 24-15, Morgan Corrigan served one final time to end the first set at 25-15.
The Tigers fired back in the second set, and never let the score gap grow to more than two points until D/M took the 11-14 lead on to Treiquella Osborn’s serves. The serving battle continued, and the next score gap came when the Tigers lengthened the score to 14-17.
That was the last time D/M would lead, however. Serves from Hammond brought the Mustangs back to a 17-17 score. Serving nerves took their toll on both teams, and both served consecutive balls either into the net or out-ofbounds before the score was raised to 22-20 in the Mustangs’ favor. Corrigan served the final three points with kills from both Maupin and Dickenson to finish points. The set ended with a 25-20 score.
The third and final set turned into another serving battle, and the Mustangs and Tigers found themselves tied at 8-8.
A kill from Dickenson turned the momentum for the Mustangs, and they were soon up 10-8 from Milburn’s serves. After a quick rally back by the Tigers, the Mustangs went on another serving run at the hands of Corrigan, and another kill by Dickenson, raising the score to 16-13.
The serving battle continued throughout the finale of the match, and another kill by Milburn brought the score to 19-15 in the Mustangs’ favor. After exchanging the ball several more times, a kill from Maupin and the Mustangs’ serving possession ended the set and match with a score of 25-19.
The Mustangs’ volleyball team continued their winning streak with a win in four over the Adrian Antelopes Friday, Oct. 4. The scores of the four games were 25-15, 25-12, 24-26, 25-17.
After winning the coin toss and receiving the serve, the Mustangs’ Corrigan began the match by serving. After a quick Adrian possession that tied the score 2-2, Dickenson served to a 6-4 score, assisted by a kill from Maupin. From there, the Mustangs never looked back.
Strong serving from Hammond, Milburn, Maupin, Corrigan, and Dickenson pulled the Mustangs ahead fast, while back-row play from Rebekah Clark, and Dunn kept the Antelopes’ serve from affecting the score. Maupin finished out the set with two serves to bring the score to 25-15.
At the beginning of the second set, Adrian found themselves ahead 1-3, thanks to strong serving. A kill from Clark raised the score to 2-3, and Maupin served to tie the game at 3-3. A quick Adrian possession brought the score to another tie at 4-4, before Hammond served to a 10-5 lead for the Mustangs. After another trade in possession, Adrian fought their way back to a 12-7 score.
The momentum would remain with the Mustangs with the aid of Maupin’s 100 percent serving accuracy. Maupin served to a 24-12 score before the ball was returned to Adrian possession. The Antelopes’ serve landed outside the lines, and the second set ended 25-12.
After jumping to an early lead of 7-3, the Mustangs found themselves unable to deal with the serving power of Adrian’s Kellie Barraza, and at the end of her first serving run, the score read 11-15. Maupin and Dunn chipped at the Antelopes’ lead with serving and net play until the score was 15-17, but Adrian had found their momentum, and after another round of Barraza’s serving, the final score of the third set was 24-26.
Learning from their success in the third set, the Antelopes lined up Barraza as their first server to begin the fourth set. A kill by Dickenson stopped the score at 1-2, and returned the ball to Mustangs’ hands. Dickenson then took her turn at the line, and defensive play by Clark and a kill by Dunn, raised the score to 3-2.
After several rounds of serving with little score gap, Corrigan, assisted by a kill from Maupin, brought the score to 15-12. Dickenson then brought the score to 22-14 after a short Antelope possession. Adrian battled back to bring the score to 24-17 before Milburn finished the match with a kill.
The Mustangs hosted the Burns JV and varsity Tuesday, Oct. 8. Results of the match were not available by press time. The Crane varsity will host Burnt River at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.