It was both team’s first five-set match this season and it didn’t lack excitement and twists and turns. Both teams had a chance to win it in the end but it was Davis County grabbing a 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 25-16, 17-15) road win at Centerville.
"I was really happy with our overall play tonight. We did a lot of positive things, but just couldn't close the deal," Centerville head coach Tom Hill said.
It had been a while since Centerville was back in Lakeview Gym but they gave the spectators a good one to watch.
The Redettes and Lady Mustangs both went on runs in the opening set. Davis County would get the first three points before a 6-0 run by Centerville behind some great serves by Claire Mathews put them ahead 6-3.
Davis County would answer with a huge 11-1 run, forcing Centerville to use both of their timeouts to try and stop the bleeding with them now tracing 14-7. After struggling with their offense during that run, the Redettes were able to crawl back into it late before Davis County closed it out to take the first set 25-22.
Centerville go off to another good start in the second set, using a 6-0 run to start it off. That run continued as they looked well in control with a 21-10 lead. That would not be the case as Davis County started to regain their confidence and would use an 8-1 run to cut the deficit to 22-18. But even with the Lady Mustangs threatening, the Redettes would close out the set to tie the match at one.
Much like the first two sets, Centerville started early with a 7-3 run with Kyla Moore starting to get her offense going for most of this set to help the Redettes go ahead 18-13. Emily Clark, who had just run in Centerville’s home cross country meet prior to the match, put across three great serves to help Centerville pull ahead and take the set.
Moore had her offense dominating at times during the match and would finish with a team-high 16 kills. Junior setter Claire Mathews finished with 24 assists while adding two kils, seven digs, one block and five aces.
"I thought that Claire (Mathews) was more consistent tonight as our setter than she had been as of late and got our offense going set two and three and made some good things happen all night. Kyla (Moore) was pretty unstoppable at times when we could set her up, especially in the third set. She really made some positive things happen at the net for us," Hill said.
Now leading the match 2-1, Centerville would look to close it out in the fourth set. Davis County had other plans as it was the Lady Mustangs jumping ahead early on with an 8-2 run. Davis County would remain in control for the majority of the set and would take it 25-16 to force a tie-breaking fifth set.
It didn’t look good for the Redettes as they found themselves trailing 9-3 in this first to 15 set. Both teams weren’t executing well but Centerville just couldn’t make enough plays up to that point.
Then it started clicking for Centerville. They were getting great digs and passing from the likes of Riley Hawk, Alyssa Anderson and Ysabella Berja while Caitlyn Krull was able to get a few kills and Madison Murphy got a big-time block. In a blink of an eye, Centerville’s 10-4 run helped them tie the set at 13.
Murphy has been inserted into the starting lineup and has made a lot of big blocks up front, tallying five blocks in two matches so far this week.
"Murph (Madison Murphy) got her first home start tonight and really performed well playing middle finishing a few rallies and ending leading us in blocks for the night," Hill said.
The Redettes finished with 62 digs on the night with Ysabella Berja putting together a massive effort with 24 of those digs to lead the way.
"Our backrow was pretty solid defensively with Ysabella (Berja), Riley (Hawk), Emily (Clark) and Alyssa (Anderson)," Hill said. "We need to continue to push this group to develop together to play more consistent position defense. We were at times out of position which led to us giving up a few points, but I was pleased for the most part on how hard they played and how well they passed in serve receive. We need to continue to be more consistent."
With the match hanging in the balance, Centerville would get the first point and would hold Davis County to match point. Unfortunately for Centerville, Davis County erased that match point with a pair of kills and were able to capitalize on their match point with an ace, taking the fifth set 17-15 and the match 3-2.
"I liked how we regrouped after the first set to win set two and three,” Hill said. “I think that we really had Davis County uncomfortable, but we left the door open in set four and they took advantage. We needed to be more mentally strong in the fourth match to finish a match against a team that we had all the momentum against. I give Davis County a lot of credit, they came out in the fourth set on a mission to get the match to the fifth game and they did it."
This certainly isn’t the last time these two will battle this season. They are set to take on one another again on Saturday at Davis County’s tournament before squaring off in Bloomfield in a regional quarterfinal matchup.
"We need to continue to be more offensive with our front and challenge them to be more aggressive. We got a little bit passive in the fourth set which let Davis County back in the match. We have to become better in this area to make a run in the regional tourney,” Hill said.
Centerville (7-9) are back in Lakeview Gym on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Seymour (7-11).