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Mifflin County volleyball battles to the end


LEWISTOWN –They never gave up.

Despite falling behind twice in the first two games by double digits, the Mifflin County girls volleyball team rallied to push visiting Halifax to the brink in all their games Wednesday night at the Mifflin County gym.

The Huskies gave all their fans something to cheer about as they held their annual “Think Pink” contest.

In the third game of the evening, the Huskies also trailed but was able to finish strong and pull out a close 26-24 contest.

Much like the third game, the two teams fought back and forth as Halifax took a small lead but in the end it was too much for another dramatic Mifflin County comeback as they fell in the match 17-25, 22-25, 26-24 and 22-25.

“I think they did a nice job in just rallying together. We talked about being a family tonight. Its our Think Pink and we’re raising money for families so we should play like a family. I thought they did a nice job in supporting each other,” Mifflin County coach Jill Zeger said. “In that third game they volleyed, they rallied and were able to play at a high level for them. I think for them they can see what they can do when they work together as a team as opposed to individuals. I thought they did a nice job even carrying into the fourth set.”

Mifflin County got down early to Halifax early 2-0 as the third game got underway.

Unlike the first two sets, the Huskies opened the game with a lead. Leading the game off with three consecutive points was Anna Aurand with one being an ace.

Halifax took their first possession on a Mifflin County miscue and went on a scoring run of its own. Autumn Capovillez notched and ace while her front line helped her with a block by Paige Miller and Amber Laudenslager’s play at the net, upping its lead to 4-3.

Mifflin County rallied back to go ahead 6-4 before Halifax was at it once again.

Miller was a tough out at service area as well, posting five consecutive service points and most importantly gave her team a 9-6 advantage.

In the scoring run, Halifax got spikes from Cappovillez and Shannon Buggy.

From there the two teams exchanged side outs three times.

Trailing 10-8, Mifflin County got a crucial service point, cutting the lead to 10-9.

Before the Huskies knew what happened, the Wildcats had built up a comfortable 18-12 advantage.

However, the home team refused to give up and put their nose to the grindstone and moved ahead.

Leading the rally was three consecutive service points by Jenna Snyder. In the rally, Mifflin County got strong front play from Aurand and Snyder, forcing Halifax to numerous miscues.

The two battled once again, exchanging more side outs.

Still trailing 19-16, the Huskies got a timely ace by server Aurand.

Mifflin County was able to tie the game at 22 on hard-nosed play by the entire team.

With the momentum on their side, the Huskies were able to push through to pick up the 26-24 victory.

In the third game, Mifflin County never trailed by more than four in the contest but could not turn the advantage into its end, falling 25-22.

Halifax got off to a strong start in the opening set, posting an early 17-6 lead before the Huskies would rally back in the final services, outscoring the Wildcats 11-7 the rest of the way before falling 25-17.

In the second set, Mifflin County got off to a slow start once again but rallied to make a game of it, bringing the score to within two at 22-20.

However, it would be the Wildcats that would put the game away, pulling out the final three points it need en route to the 2-0 advantage.

Mifflin County will be back in action Monday as it travels to State College.

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