Digging past

syeagle@demo-mo.comOctober 4, 2013 

Pleasant Hill started out strong in the match against Missouri River Valley West conference rivals Harrisonville and never looked back.

The Chicks spiked to a 25-9 and 25-14 victory in the game Sept. 26 at Harrisonville.

“The girls played well tonight,” Pleasant Hill head coach George Creason said. “It’s always nice to go to Harrisonville and get out with a win.”

Pleasant Hill did more than survive the match. In the first game, the Chicks were ahead 11-6, then went on a seven-point scoring run. First junior middle hitter Kai Wesemann earned a kill, followed by a Harrisonville error.

Then junior middle hitter Rachel Schick got a kill, which was followed by another Wildcat error. Wesemann earned a kill next, then Schick got a block, followed by another Wesemann kill to put the Chicks ahead 18-6.

Later in the game, with Pleasant Hill ahead 19-9, the Chicks took advantage of two Harrisonville errors, followed by an ace from freshman defensive specialist Paige Johnson, a kill from Schick and a block from Wesemann to win the game.

In the second game, the Chicks quickly ran off with a 18-8 lead. The Wildcats had an error, followed by a block from Wesemann. Then Harrisonvill’s Mady Berkenpas made a kill, followed by one from teammate Katelyn McKinnis and an ace from Annie Mulvey to tighten the gap to 20-11.

A Harrisonville error followed next, but the Wildcats got a block from Berkenpas. The Chicks responded with a kill each by Wesemann and freshman outside hitter Abby Welther to lead 23-12.

Wesemann served up an ace, but her next serve hit the net to make the score 24-13. Welther spiked the ball out of bounds, but got a successful kill on her next attempt to end the game.

With the win, the Chicks move to a 6-5 overall record.

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