(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
DEXTER -- Picking up their ninth win of the season, the Dexter Lady Bearcats defeated the Woodland Lady Cardinals in straight sets on Monday, 25-9, 25-14.
"There just wasn't much intensity," Dexter coach Lauren Hutchcraft said. "Every time we play at the (Bearcat Event Center) the crowds disconnected from the court because it's such a big gym. It was just hard for the girls to get up coming off Monday."
Despite the lack of intensity, the Lady Bearcats had little trouble separating from Woodland early in the first set. After the Lady Cardinals opened the game with an ace, Dexter went on to 10-point rally capped by a McKenzie Mitchell kill to take a commanding 10-1 lead.
Keeping Woodland in the distance at 20-8 late, the Lady Bearcats finished the set on a 5-1 run that was started by an ace from Lauren Ward and ended with game point on a Woodland kill that landed in the net.
In the set Mitchell had five kills and two digs while Brittany Harris had two kills, two digs and a block.
It was early on in the second set that the Lady Cardinals put up their toughest stand, fighting Dexter point-for-point up until an 8-8 tie. It was soon after, however, that the Lady Bearcats started to take control.
With Ward at the serving line, Dexter rattled off eight straight points thanks in part to four aces by Ward and a kill by Harris to force Woodland into calling a timeout at 16-8. Once again fighting point-for-point the rest of the way through, the Lady Bearcats came to match on an ace from Erika Mouser. After allowing two straight Woodland scores to allow the Lady Cardinals to pull to pull within 24-14, Hannah Noe sealed the game with a kill from the right side of the net.
On the set, Noe led the team in kills with six while adding six digs and six assists.
"We had some good kills," Hutchcraft said. "Our passing was better this game and therefore you can get better kills of better passes."
Leading the team in serving, Lauren Ward went a perfect 24 for 24 on the night while collecting five aces, a pair of digs and 15 assists.
"She's a very smart player, ball smart," Hutchcraft said of Ward. "She knows where to put the ball and place it, especially on the second hit. She knows what's going on and is very strategic."
Noe had a team-high eight kills on the contest to go along with six assists and six digs. Mitchell had seven kills and four digs while Jessica Lindsey had five kills and two blocks. Harris had four kills, four digs and three blocks.
Earlier in the evening, it was Dexter's junior varsity also coming away with a two set sweep, defeating Woodland's junior varsity 25-9, 25-14.
With the varsity now at 9-5 on the season, Dexter will host Bell City on Thursday at 6 p.m.