After almost pulling off a close win at home earlier this week against Southern Boone on Monday, the Mexico varsity volleyball team was more than ready to begin North Central Missouri Conference action at Kirksville on Thursday and it showed by way of a victory in three sets.
"We lost the first set 18-25. They had big blocks in the front row and our hitters were hitting straight into them. Our girls ran out of gas the first set," said coach Shayla Cox. "Yes, we made mistakes, and yes we lost a set, but the determination and grit that these girls played with is what this program is all about. What a night."
The second set began with the Lady Bulldogs falling behind by about seven before coming back to win 25-22. What was different about this stanza was Mexico was not only able to adjust to Kirksville's blocking ability but the team was also much more specific with its' ball placement.
"The third set was super intense as we took the win with a heart racing finish of 26-24. From point 14 on, we battle back and forth," Cox said. "The girls had a lot of grit, stood their ground and mad the
plays in crunch time. The game ended with an amazing read by Adria Costley to push the ball to the back corner after she had torn their middle apart all night."
For the night the Lady Bulldogs connected at a rate of just over 90 percent from the service line. The team posted a 28 percent kill rate, as well.
"Adria Costley and Addy McCoy both had a couple big runs in the match. All of our hitters did well adjusting and as a team," said Cox. "We will take on Centralia at home at 5:30pm on Monday."
Mexico is 1-1 overall, 1-0 NCMC.
The JV was also on the floor on Thursday and was defeated in two sets.
"We saw improvement from set the first to the second set as they only lost the second set by two. They started communicating better and eventually went on a couple runs," Cox said. "The sets were 12-25 and 26-24. There was significant improvement from set one to set two."