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Huskies earn moral victory in loss

Cedar Cliff 3, Mifflin County 0
CC 25 25 25
MC 18 13 19

By Kenny Varner
LEWISTOWN – With a strong off season, the Mifflin County Huskies volleyball team has shown strong improvement from last year and have played teams like State College and Cumberland Valley tough, despite losing 3-0.
Tuesday, the Lady Huskies once again took Midd -Penn foe Cedar Cliff to the limits before falling 3-0.
The Huskies lost 25-18, 25-13 and 25-19, more than showing they belonged in this match.
In two out of the three games, the Huskies pulled out to big leads before the Colts would start chipping away and the pulling ahead. With the effort being there, Mifflin County coach Christine Brown was positive about the noticeable improvement.
“We talked about how we start strong and then we kind of get into a loop in the middle. Then it is too hard to dig ourselves out,” Brown said. “I think confidence is something they have to have in themselves. The progression they made in the off season definitely makes them able to play at this level. They just got to believe that they can.”
In the opening game, Mifflin County started out with that confidence by building a 4-0 lead thanks to the service scoring of Mackenzie DeArment. She was helped by a spike by Jade Morningstar and cross court hit and a slam by Madison Tate.
Mifflin County continued to roll, going up 6-1 before Cedar Cliff started to make its comeback.
The Colts rallied back to tie things up at seven, going on a 6-1 run. Picking up service points for Cedar Cliff was Honey Robinson with a service point and Kaliegh Wayne who tallied three.
Both teams battled back and forth as the two remained just one point from each other before Cedar Cliff would start to break away.
Mifflin County took back the advantage momentarily scoring three consecutive points, two by Tate, give “the Purple and Black attack” 10-7 advantage.
Natalie Uibel who tallied four service points brought her team back and then some, taking over the lead at 12-10.
After exchanging service points, Cedar Cliff went on a 9-4 run.
The Huskies would try to take one more late push to get back into the game but it wasn’t enough as the Colts went onto the 25-18 victory.
In the second game, Cedar Cliff opened the game strong after an early battle in the beginning resulting in a 4-4 tie early on.
From there, the Colts seemed to have an answer for everything Mifflin County would hit to them, taking the lead via a 6-0 run.
Trailing by six, the Huskies would never be able to recover as the home team fell 25-13.
However, Mifflin County refused to go away and let Cedar Cliff get an easy win in game three.
Like in the previous game, the two teams battled back and forth trying to establish their pace of the game, 5-5.
For much of the third game, Mifflin County had momentum even leading as late as 17-15.
But the Colts were able to make their shots counted when they needed to as it shined in the final act of the final game outscoring Mifflin County 10-2 the rest of the way for the 6-point victory.
Mifflin County will be back in action against Carlisle Thursday.

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