In just two sets, Midway earned a deciding victory over Western Missouri Conference rivals Archie Sept. 17 at Archie.
The Vikings won 25-15 and 25-14, keeping their record undefeated with five wins for the season.
“I thought the girls played well in their first conference game of the season,” Midway head coach CJ Chamberlin said. “We had the return of Laine Mills tonight and we were able to run the original line up we had planned at the beginning of the season. We struggled a little bit with our passing tonight as Archie served us tough which slowed down our offense a little bit. But we were able to regroup and come away with a win.”
In the first match, with Midway ahead 20-9, Archie’s Brooke Cooper earned a kill, followed by three errors from the Vikings to tighten the gap to 20-13. Then Archie’s MaKena Staley got a kill, but the Whirlwinds made two errors to make the score 22-14.
After a kill from Archie’s Jordan Schulte, the Vikings closed out the game with a kill each from Megan O’Brien and Emily Aksamit and an ace from Jessica Owens.
In the second match, Midway was hot on the floor, quickly building a 11-1 advantage. But Archie wasn’t ready to give up and with a kill from Schulte, the Whirlwinds closed the gap with three Midway errors. Then Archie’s Hailey Anderson picked up a block, followed by an ace from Kacie Fisher and a kill from Schulte to make the score 11-8.
The Vikings responded with a tip from Jodi Rhodes, but Archie got another kill from Anderson. Midway kept fighting and with the score at 20-14, the Vikings earned the rest of the points to win the game, starting with an ace from Raelynnn Goddard. Miranda Dahman got a block, followed by a kill from Aksamit, a tip from Rhodes and a final kill from Dahman.
Midway was led by Dahman with seven kills, three blocks and seven digs. Aksamit had six kills, one block and six digs. O’Brien had four kills, one assist and six digs. Mills had four kills. Owens had two kills, one ace and three digs. Rhodes had two kills, one ace, one dig and 14 assists. Mariah Keeney had one kill, one block and two digs. Goddard had two aces and 10 digs. Kasey Roberson had six assists and two digs. Devyn Worthley had two digs and Allie Geivett had one dig.
With the win, the Vikings stayed undefeated on the season with a 5-0 record.