The Tri-Valley Mustang volleyball team hosted one of their final home matches of the season on Tuesday, October 20th. The Mustangs entertained Mt. Vernon/Plankinton and lost a five-set match to the Titans.
The first set was back-and-forth early. Tri-Valley held a slim 7-6 lead before extending the lead to 11-7. The Titans were able to eventually tie the set at 16-16. Mt. Vernon/Plankinton then went on a 6-2 run for a 22-16 lead. The Titans took the first set 25-18.
The Mustangs held an early lead in the second set at 6-3. The Titans went on a 7-1 run to take a 10-7 lead. Tri-Valley rebounded and tied the set at 11-11 and then take a 16-13 lead. The set was tied again at 20-20. The Mustangs finished the set on a 5-1 run to win 25-21 and tie the match at one set apiece.
The third set started the same as the first with neither team getting much of an advantage. The Mustangs started to make a run midway through the set. With the score tied 11-11, Tri-Valley scored four in a row for a 15-11 lead. The Mustangs extended the lead to 19-13 and went on to take the third set by a score of 25-17.
Trailing two sets to one, the Titans came out on fire in the fourth set. Mt. Vernon/Plankinton jumped out to an 9-2 lead. The Titans were able to maintain a sizeable lead throughout most of the set and led 23-13. The Mustangs scored six in a row and pulled within four points at 23-19. The Titans, however, ended the rally and won 25-19 to force a fifth and final set.
The fifth set was once again close to start. The two teams were tied 4-4 when the Titans made a run for an 8-5 lead. The lead extended to 11-6 for Mt. Vernon/Plankinton. Tri-Valley pulled within three at 11-8, but the Titans closed out the match on a 4-0 run to win the set 15-8 and take the match.
Tri-Valley (8-9) will travel to Tea on Friday, October 23rd and then host the West Central Trojans on Monday, October 26th to finish the regular season.