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Perrydale downs Falls City in Casco League volleyball clash

- It was a festive atmosphere in the Falls City gym Thursday night as the crowd was buzzing thanks to the Mountaineers football team who came out in full support.

Mountaineers Destiny Wyatt (4) and Alexis Romine (1) set up the block against Perrydale's Hannah Mitchell in a match Thursday

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Mountaineers Destiny Wyatt (4) and Alexis Romine (1) set up the block against Perrydale's Hannah Mitchell in a match Thursday

October 09, 2013

LLS CITY - It was a festive atmosphere in the Falls City gym Thursday night as the crowd was buzzing thanks to the Mountaineers football team who came out in full support.

Falls City is enjoying one of its best seasons in recent memory and Perrydale was looking to recover from a recent slide that led to a n intriguing Casco league matchup.

Both teams are led by solid middle hitters and team leaders, Destiny Wyatt of Falls City and Hannah Mitchell of Perrydale, neither of whom didn't disappointed.

It was Wyatt who would make her presence known early with two aces to add to her blocks and kills in the first set. The Mounts' jumped out to a quick lead at 23-16 when Mitchell stuffed the spike of Wyatt. Wyatt responded on the next point with a big kill for the side-out leading to a 25-17 victory.

"I really enjoy going against some of the better players in our league," Wyatt said. "It helps me play at a higher level and it's more fun."

The second set saw furious play between Wyatt and Mitchell as the latter had a kill to make it 10-9 Falls City. Wyatt responded with an impressively athletic kill that required her to jump three consecutive times to finally finish the spike through the Perrydale blockers.

At 22-19 Perrydale, Mitchell blocked Wyatt, then Wyatt returned the favor and added a kill of her own to make it 23-21 Perrydale. That led to Mitchell finishing off the second set 25-22 with an ace.

We haven't had too many tough matchups against Falls City in the past, but this year has been different," Mitchell said. "I like playing against girls like Destiny because I know she is giving it her all and it makes me and the team play better."

The third and fourth sets saw a lot more scrambling from each side as Perrydale struggled a bit adjusting to the low ceiling in the gym. The Pirates were able to win the third set 25-16 and jumped out to a quick 17-7 lead in the fourth before the serving of Tiauannah Davis and Arcelia Castle brought Falls City closer at 23-16.

It was Mitchell, though, who ended the game with a thunderous kill, one of her four in the fourth set, to give Perrydale a 25-20 set win and 3-1 match victory.

After the postgame team handshakes, Mitchell and Wyatt were all smiles as they started up a conversation with each other.

"This was a really fun match," Mitchell said.

"I think we finally realized we have the skills to play against teams like Perrydale," Wyatt added.

As for the future, both teams hope to fight their way into a spot in the Casco League's district tournament.

"It is all about the mentality for us - we have to believe we can win," Mitchell said.

Perrydale coach Brooke Klaudt likes her team's defensive effort, but hopes it can do a little less scrambling and transition to the offense better as the Pirates work through their league schedule.

Its victories over Veritas (25-19, 25-15, 19-25, 25-22) Oct.1 and Crosshill Christian on Monday put the Pirates at 8-2 in the Casco League with matchups at St. Paul Wednesday (today) and home against C.S. Lewis Monday.

The Mounts won a non-league match 2-1 against Livingstone Adventist Academy Oct.1 (25-13, 17-25, 15-9), but lost 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-12) to Country Christian Monday night dropping them to 4-7 in the Casco. Falls City continues its schedule Monday at Jewell.

"All I want for my team to do is keep improving and growing with each match, and they have done a great job of that so far this year," Falls City coach Roxi Barnhart said.

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