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MTZ volleyball snaps losing streak

Denver Anderson attempts a kill in a 2-0 win against Charleston at home in Mt. Zion.

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion volleyball team won five matches and lost three matches last week. The Braves won second place in the Silver Bracket at the Riverton Tourney and picked up wins against Charleston and MacArthur.

“We’ve talked and now we’re starting to walk the walk,” Head coach Traci Dyer-Townsend said. So it’s just nice. And now its time to start building because our eyes are on regionals now. So it’s crunch time.“

Against Charleston, the Braves won the first set 25-15. The second set was back and forth. The Braves took a little control when Bracie Barnes and Denver Anderson made back to back kills to give the Braves a 4-2 lead.

The Trojans scored four straight points to give them a 6-4 lead. The Braves went on a five point run that ended in a Kalliana Becker ace and a 9-6 lead.

The Trojans went on a 7-2 run to take a 13-11 lead. The Braves went on a run of their own that ended with an Anderson kill that gave the Braves a 19-17 lead.

The Trojans tried to rally and the game was tied 23-23. The Braves held on to win as Anderson made the match winning kill to give the Braves a 27-25 set win.

The Braves inserted some of their freshmen into matches last week.

“Our losing streak was quite long,” Coach Dyer-Townsend said. “So I’m using opportunities to get the younger kids in and I I was talking to my team, it’s do or die. So if we’re not performing, then we’ve got a lot of depth on our bench right now that I think the younger players are getting more comfortable with going hard and swinging and knowing what they’re supposed to be doing out there. So it’s nice to be able to throw them in and they can make differences. So not just in this match, but in Effingham and MacArthur too and they came in and made differences.”

The Braves improved to 11-9 overall and 3-5 in Apollo Conference play. The Braves will face Mahomet-Seymour and Mattoon this week.

“I want us to continue like tonight, I thought our offense will turn it on and just we’ve been really up and down with that,” Coach Dyer-Towsend said. “So getting that consistency. This weekend is going to help us find that consistency and really play tough teams and get blocked or get rallied not making errors. So I think this weekend will be a good testament to that.”

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