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State College tops MC in three

By Kenny Varner
STATE COLLEGE – The State College girls volleyball team continued its winning ways Thursday night as they swept a feisty group from Mifflin County 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.
Despite being swept, the Huskies shown vast improvement from last year’s team, especially in game two of the contest.
But in the opening game of the series, the Little Lions opened with a “bang” running off a 7-0 run breaking up a 1-1 score early on.
Picking up the service points in the rally was Kate Lachendro with eight.
Lachendro also had it going from above the net as she came up in clutch positions numerous times with powerful spikes.
Mifflin County chipped away at the early Lion lead to pull within six at 13-7.
But after pulling ahead at 16-8, State College put the ball in the hands of Leah Henderson.
From the serving line, Henderson stood tall and she reeled off four more consecutive service points, upping the lead to 20-8.
In the series, Lachendro and teammate Rachel Fedorko both were strong up front picking up two spikes and a block, respectively.
From there, the Lions and Huskies split the points the rest of the way both scoring five points each, en route to the 25-13 State College victory.
In game number two, both teams fought back and forth from the very beginning.
Henderson got her team off and running picking up two early service points as they took an early 4-1 advantage.
But back rolled the Huskies to pull within one at 7-6 thanks to three consecutive service points by Mifflin County’s Madison Tate.
After exchanging points three times, the Huskies took the lead for the first time on the night behind the serving of Serena McConaughey who picked up two points, putting MC in the lead at 10-9.
But State College started to pull away midway through taking a 12-12 tie and turned it into a 15-12 lead with three more consecutive points by Henderson.
The young Huskies would make one last attempt to take back the lead but the experienced Little Lions were able to hold off the late surge, winning 25-19.
In the final game, Mifflin County battled early and took a lead once again but the Little Lions had what it took to take the contest and go home the 25-14 victory.

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