The Lady Mustang volleyball team overcame a rough start in last week’s match against Centerville to secure a 3-1 win in South Central Conference play.

Centerville won the opening set 25-20 before Davis County battled back winning the next three sets. Set scores for Lady Mustang wins included 25-13, 25-15 and 25-19.

Davis County struggled early and couldn’t get any rhythm going offensively. Hits were going long and into the net as Centerville built a 7-3 lead.

Davis County did battle back using a kill from Morgan Petefish and an ace serve from Sophia Young to tie the score at 8-8.

Davis County struggled to get good passes, and sets to hitters weren’t quite on the mark early. Davis County ended up sending a lot of free balls across the net instead of attacking Centerville with hard-hitting kill attempts.

Even with the struggles, Davis County kept the set close on the scoreboard. A Centerville run late in the set boosted them to a 23-16 lead using kills from Kyla Moore. A kill from Petefish stopped that rally. Kallie Greiner also added a kill late in the set but Davis County suffered the 25-20 loss forcing them to play from behind in the match.

The girls turned that around quickly as the second set began. Bryce Dixon and Young came out with a couple of hard hitting kills to put Centerville back on their heels a bit. A couple of Centerville miscues helped push Davis County into a more controlling mode in the set. Aggressive play from Young who scored on a tip helped as well.

Kara Greiner put down an ace serve and Davis County was well on its way with a 7-3 lead.

Young and Petefish pounded the ball with authority at the net. Kallie Greiner scored on a tip and then teamed up with Dixon for a huge block. Davis County led 14-6 at that point of the set.

Several Centerville errant hits helped Davis County push that lead higher. A kill from Young capped off a 7-2 scoring run and put Davis County well in control of the set. Davis County won the set with a kill by Stephyn Wilfawn on the left side.

From this point on, Davis County took on a dominating roll. The back row was digging up most everything Centerville could hit in bounds. Passes were more accurate and the entire Davis County team was operating well on the court.

That led to several easy scores and hard-hitting kills from the front row. Wilfawn served up an ace early in the set sparking a scoring run. Dixon, Young, Petefish and others were keeping Centerville off balance with their hard-hitting kills.

Defensively, the front row also scored on some nice blocks, which frustrated the Centerville hitting attack.

Kayla Joos also returned to the court during this set and jumped right in to help with the offensive attack Davis County launched. Joos got a kill and a block.

Chelsea Olinger put down an ace serve as Davis County took a 22-13 lead. Petefish added a tip and a kill. Wilfawn also had a kill late in the set as Davis County scored a 25-15 win and took a 2-1 lead in the match.

Centerville tried to get something going in the early stages of the fourth set, but Davis County’s attack was just too much for the Redettes to handle. Back row play from Kara Greiner, Avery Thompson, Young and others was just too strong. Those girls chased down nearly everything Centerville hit at them.

The improved passing from the back row also made setter Chloe Fetcho’s job much easier Fetcho managed to set up several successful kills to the middle and the left side of Davis County’s offense. Every once in a while, Fetcho also slipped in a back set to the right side for points as well.

Front row defense also got better as the match went on. Blocking from Fetcho, Dixon, Petefish, Joos and others kept frustrating the Centerville hitters. If Davis County didn’t get a successful block, many times their presence forced Centerville hitters to hit balls long or wide.

The fourth set remained somewhat close score-wise through the early stages of the set. Centerville miscues set a scoring run by Davis County in motion. Kills from Petefish, Young and Wilfawn pushed Davis County’s lead to a dominating 22-15 lead.

Centerville made one final push with a late rally. They scored on a couple of nice blocks but a couple of errant hits sent Davis County to match point. Wilfawn finished off the Redettes with a tip for the final point and the match win.

“We didn’t start well in this match. We moved a little slowly and couldn’t get things started. Defensively, Kara led us with 22 digs, and the rest of our defense picked up the pace after that first set,” said Coach Brooke Mason.

“When our hitters started getting ahold of the ball, things turned around for us. Morgan had a solid performance with 16 kills and very few errors. Sophia (Young) added 13 kills to that. Stephyn Wilfawn and Bryce Dixon added several to our total, as well,” said Mason.

“Centerville is always kind of scrappy. They pick up a lot and manage to put the ball back over the net somehow. We definitely didn’t want to underestimate them. It’s nice to pick up another conference win,” said Mason.

Serving—Kara Greiner, 22-23, 2 aces; Sophia Young, 20-21, 2 aces; Avery Thompson, 12-13; Chloe Fetcho, 10-11, 1 ace; Stephyn Wilfawn, 9-11, 1 ace; Morgan Petefish, 8-10, 2 aces; Chelsea Olinger, 2-2, 1 ace and Briley Lough, 1-3.

Hitting—Petefish, 37-41, 16 kills; Young, 28-31, 13 kills; Wilfawn, 20-25, 7 kills; Bryce Dixon, 13-14, 6 kills; Kallie Greiner, 6-8, 2 kills; Kayla Joos, 4-6, 1 kill; Lough, 3-6, 2 kills; Fetcho, 4-4; Kara Greiner, 1-2 and Olinger, 1-1.

Assists—Fetcho, 42; Dixon, 2; Lough, 1 and Joos, 1.

Digs— Kara Greiner, 22; Wilfawn, 15; Young, 10; Petefish, 6; Thompson, 5; Fetcho, 4; Dixon, 3 and Lough, 1.

Blocks—Dixon, 4; Petefish, 2; Fetcho, 1; Joos, 1 and Kallie Greiner, 1.