(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
DEXTER -- During the first set of the Dexter-Bernie volleyball match, the Lady Bearcats found themselves down by a 12-10 score with the Lady Mules threatening to take over the game.
Bernie had control of the ball and delivered a shot over to the Dexter side. Cathryn Heil received the ball into the air for the first touch only to be followed by McKenzie Mitchell who tipped it just over the net on the second touch to make it an 11-12 game.
She scored five straight points for Dexter including the tying and go-ahead points which gave the Lady Bearcats a permanent lead for the rest of the night.
Dexter (8-3-1, 3-0) won in straight sets with a 25-17 win in the first set and a 25-12 in the second.
"We are extremely proud of the girls tonight," Dexter head coach Kris Vandeven said. "We have been striving to keep the intensity up through a complete match, and we succeeded at that tonight."
Jessica Satterfield finished with nine kills, one ace, three digs, one block and 12 assists and Heil finished with seven kills, eight digs, four blocks and four assists.
Mitchell added three kills, one block and two assists. Kayla Joyner had nine digs, one block and one assist. Abbie Warren had one kill, one ace and four blocks while Elisha Flanigan had one kill, two digs and two blocks and the libero, Brittany Bedford, had two aces and five digs.
"The win was a total team effort," Vandeven added. "All seven of the girls contributed to the win. We always have a friendly rivalry with Bernie, so I'm glad things went our way tonight."
The Bernie Lady Mules kept up with Dexter for the start of the first set, but fell to the high powered offense that Heil and Satterfield provides for the Lady Bearcats.
"I'm extremely, extremely disappointed in the effort we had tonight," Bernie head coach Jeff Rodgers said. "Dexter's a good team but is certainly somebody we could compete with and possibly beat if we play good enough. I thought we were ready to play but we weren't. If you can't get up for Dexter, you can't get up for anybody because that's our closest rival. It has been forever and it always will be.
"This is the worst practice group I've ever had," Rodgers added. "And it's showing up every game. We're jekyll and hyde. We've played a lot of tough teams but, if your going to be good you got to beat good teams. And so far we haven't really beat a good team."
They dropped the first set with a close 25-23 score but came back to win the second and third sets, 25-17 and 25-23.