by Lindy Steeves
The Crane Mustang volleyball team brought home the championship title from the High Desert League District Tournament in John Day Saturday, Oct. 26.
The Mustangs opened up tournament action in their first match against the Prairie City Panthers. The Mustangs came away with the win in three, scoring 26-24, 25-24, 25-8.
For the Mustangs, Claire Hammond and Bryanna Dunn came away with 100 percent serving accuracy for the match.
“We were slow to start, but they got warmed up, and (thankfully) started playing well. That first game was a little too close for comfort,” Head Coach Mandi Dowell said with a smile.
The win against Prairie City advanced the Mustangs into the championship round of the tournament against the Dayville/Monument Tigers. The Mustangs came away with the win in four sets, 25-12, 25-17, 23-25, 25-9.
For the Mustangs, Hannah Maupin recorded 100 percent serving, five kills, and 94 percent passing accuracy on serve receive. Kathleen Dickenson served 19 for 21 attempts, while Glennie Milburn and Rebekah Clark both recorded four kills for the match.
Dowell also complimented her setter, Morgan Corrigan, on her success in getting the hitters set up.
First team (Mustangs): Hannah Maupin, Morgan Corrigan.
Second team (Mustangs): Glennie Milburn.
The first-round state playoff game will be played in Crane Saturday, Nov. 2, with the time and opponent to be determined.