It’s not where the Lady Mustang volleyball team wanted to be at the end of the season, but the girls locked up second place in the South Central Conference race last week. Davis County scored a 3-0 win over Clarke on the road to finish the season with a 5-1 conference record.

Davis County secured that second place finish with a 3-0 win over Clarke on Oct. 5. The girls won the match by set scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-13. The only way the conference standings will change for Davis County at this point is to hope that Clarke could beat the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets in their match on Oct. 12.

All other conference teams were in action Tuesday night. Davis County’s conference bye week was this week so the girls didn’t have a match to play.

Clarke provided a decent battle for the Lady Mustangs at different times during last week’s match. However, inconsistency in the offensive play by the Indians not only affected their ability to score, but it also affected Davis County’s ability to set up and run its offense efficiently.

Kayla Joos and Stephyn Wilfawn sparked the Lady Mustangs early with their play at the net. Joos established herself as a blocking force early and then had Clarke players shying away when she went up to hit balls for scores. Wifawn also delivered some strong hits from the outside as Davis County took an early lead.

The Lady Mustangs took advantage of several miscues from the Clarke defense. Following a block from Kallie Greiner and an ace serve from Chloe Fetcho, the Lady Mustangs worked their way up to a 13-9 lead.

Consistency began to favor Davis County as they managed to secure some nice passes from the back row and get some decent sets and balls going up to the front row hitters. Greiner, Wilfawn, and Joos led the effort throughout the first set.

Joos finished off the first set with a couple of kills and Wilfawn snuck an ace serve in to finish off the set with a 25-13 win.

Davis County continued to exploit the weaknesses of the Clarke defense. The girls found openings to get kills down. Blocking improved as the match progressed and the ability to move the ball around kept the Clarke defense guessing where the Lady Mustangs would hit the ball next.

After falling behind early in the second set, Joos found an opening for a kill. Wilfawn scored a block and Ella Porter also got into the action with a kill. Davis County’s lead began to climb.

As the set progressed, the rotation brought Kallie Greiner back to the front of the offensive set. Fetcho began to find Greiner and the move paid off Greiner has an amazing verticle jump and can get up high to hammer the ball down hard. She had three straight kills before Fetcho found Ella Porter for a score. Kara Greiner showed her experience with a couple of ace serves to end the second set and give Davis County the 25-16 win.

In the final set, Clarke came out strong and picked up an early lead. Davis County struggled to get going in each of the three sets, but settled in once the set got going. This set was no different. After trailing 4-2, Clarke struggled to get the ball back across the net. After a couple of miscues, Davis County took the momentum and began to settle in.

Serving had been strong all night and Davis County put down several ace serves including one from Maddie Wagler early in the final set. Davis County set out on a 9-2 scoring run capped off by kills from Kallie Greiner to gain an 11-6 advantage. Clarke benefited from a couple of Davis County mistakes to score again but the Lady Mustangs still dominated the set at the net.

Ace serves from Hallie Pearson and Wilfawn were key plays to help extend Davis County’s lead late in the set. Joos, Young and Kallie Greiner put on a display of hitting late in the set getting several kills. Davis County cruised to the easy 25-13 win and the 3-0 match victory.

"This was a good match for us, mostly because everyone contributed and there was a good team vibe. We had an opportunity to move some players around and work through some new line-ups. Because of that, I think we had fun with this match. Our hitters were very efficient with few errors between them, and our serving was solid with only four total misses and ten aces overall," Coach Brooke Mason said.

"This was a good match for us, mostly because everyone contributed and there was a good team vibe. We had an opportunity to move some players around and work through some new line ups. Because of that, I think we had fun with this match. Our hitters were very efficient with few errors between them, and our serving was solid with only four total misses and ten aces overall."

Serving—Kara Greiner, 16-16, 7 aces; Chloe Fetcho, 13-13, 2 aces; Stephyn Wilfawn, 9-10, 3 aces; Maddie Wagler, 8-9, 2 aces; Kayla Joos, 7-7; Sophia Young, 6-6; Haven Schooley, 5-6; Hallie Pearson, 2-2, 1 ace; Cadan VanLaningham, 2-2; Kallie Greiner, 1-1 and; Savannah Mathews, 1-2.

Hitting—Kallie Greiner, 18-20, 13 kills; Young, 17-18, 7 kills; Joos, 11-12, 7 kills; Wilfawn, 13-14, 4 kills; Ella Porter, 4-4, 3 kills; Sydney Utt, 2-4, 1 kill; Kaitlyn Olinger, 2-3; Fetcho, 2-2, 1 kill and Kara Greiner, 1-1, 1 kill.

Assists—Fetcho, 33; Wilfawn, 1; Joos, 1 and Porter, 1.

Digs—Young, 9; Fetcho, 5; Kara Greiner, 5; Wilfawn, 4; Joos, 4; Schooley, 2; Wagler, 2; Mathews, 2; Utt, 1 and Porter, 1.

Blocks—Joos, 3; Kallie Griener, 2; Young, 1; Utt, 1; Olinger, 1; Young, 1.