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Dexter wins on Senior Night

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Dexter's Elisha Flanigan hits the ball past New Madrid County Central's Kelly Robey (16) on Tuesday night as McKenzie Mitchell (5) and Shelbie Hessling (21) look on. David Jenkins, Staff
DEXTER -- Although the Dexter Lady Bearcats were faced with some tough opposition in their first set against the New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles on Tuesday night, Dexter was able to pull out a Senior Night victory.

"I think we played really good," Dexter senior Elisha Flanigan said. "We started off kind of slow but, we picked up. We played good as a team."

The Lady Bearcats won in two sets, 25-19 and 25-12, but had to withstand a Lady Eagle comeback in the first set.

Leading 8-1 after storming out of the gate, the Lady Bearcats hit a slight bump in the road.

Before they knew it, Dexter was trailing 11-10 as errors and a revitalized NMCC squad put the Lady Bearcats in a hole.

"I think a serve messed us up and our intensity went down," Flanigan said. "It started to pick back up towards the end. In the huddle, coach talked to us and got us pepped back up. That helped a lot."

Each team battled neck-and-neck to an 18-18 tie game. A point scored from Hannah Noe made it 20-18 Dexter, followed by a missed serve that hit off the net bringing NMCC to within one point.

A hard hit ball by Flanigan began a five-point rally for Dexter with final two points coming from Brittany Harris to seal the win.

"I think my girls were letting up just a little bit," First year Dexter head coach Jessica Hutchcraft said. "They weren't playing like I know they know how to play. That scared me just a little bit. But, then they came back and eventually pulled out that first set."

Helping the Lady Eagles bridge the early set gap according to NMCC head coach Jenny Sexton, was their ability to move the ball around and get the shots they wanted.

"In the first set they stayed up and it started with their passing," said Sexton. "We talk about passing all the time. Without their passing, they can't get anything going. They're not going to be able to utilize their hitters.

"In that first game, we were able to hit a little bit more because of our passes."

Riding the momentum of their first set win, the Lady Bearcats again raced out to an early advantage of 11-4. The closest the Lady Eagles came this time around was four points (11-7) as an 8-1 run put Dexter ahead 23-10 and eventually the win.

"They played much better the second set," Hutchcraft said. "We still missed a couple of serves, which I'm mad about missed serves, but they were moving a little bit better and talking a little bit better. Overall, the second set was much better than the first."

Flanigan led the Lady Bearcats with seven kills and also added three aces. McKenzie Mitchell and Harris each had five kills while Hannah Noe and Lindsey Hindman chipped in with three apiece.

Lauren Ward had 10 assists on the night while Noe added five assists and four aces.

Flanigan and Shelbie Hessling are the only two seniors that the Lady Bearcats have this season and were honored before Tuesday's match.

"They bring a lot of heart, desire and a lot of fun to the rest of the girls," Hutchcraft said about her two seniors. "It's been a joy to have both of them on the team and getting to know them this year. So, they'll be missed."

Both NMCC and Dexter will play again on Thursday as the Lady Bearcats travel to Poplar Bluff and NMCC will host Portageville.

The Dexter junior varsity team also got a win against NMCC in two sets, 25-9 and 25-14.