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MTZ volleyball loses to Taylorville

Maddie Kendall goes up for a kill in a 2-0 loss against Taylorville at home in Mt. Zion.

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion Volleyball team lost its only game last week to Taylorville 2-0.

The Braves lost the first set 25-10. In the second set the Braves stayed even with the Tornadoes.

The Braves struck first on the scoreboard off a failed return. Then Kallianna Becker scored off an attack to tie the second set 3-4.

The Braves scored two straight points when Alexis Smith scored off an attack and Becker served an ace for the Braves to take a 5-4 lead.

The Tornadoes responded when Robyn Odugbesan got a kill and then combined with Sophie Mizeur for a block to regain a 6-5 lead.

Denver Anderson scored off an attack and Maddie Koester made a kill to give the Braves a 7-6 lead. After a tie, Kendall secured another kill to take an 8-7 lead.

The Tornadoes took a 9-8 lead and then Bracie Barnes and Smith made a block to tie the game at 9-9.

The Tornadoes went on to outscore the Braves 16-5 to win the second set 25-14.

“We just need to find our offense,” Head coach Traci Dyer-Townsend said. “We’ve been working hard on it in practice and it’s not translating. I just feel like we get rattled, and then we play scared and soft.”

The Braves fell to 6-5 overall and 2-4 in Apollo Conference play. The Braves will face Effingham, MacArthur and Charleston this week.

“We are going to hit it hard on the offense and the emphasis will be hitting and putting up a double block to make it harder for our hitters to score and make them score,” Coach Dyer-Towsend said. Making pressure situations and practicing is kind of hard, without having to run them all the time, but I have to.”

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