The Tri-Valley Mustangs had their final regular season home match on Tuesday, October 17th. The Mustangs hosted the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies. The Huskies won a close match in four sets by scores of 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, and 26-24.
After the first set started with a 4-4 tie, Tri-Valley went on a 5-1 run to take a 9-5 lead. The Huskies responded with a 7-2 run of their own to take the lead 12-11. Tri-Valley was able to regain the lead, 16-14, and then extend that lead to 22-17. Another Huskies rally tied the score 23-23, but the Mustangs stopped the rally there and scored the final two points for the 25-23 win. Tri-Valley started the second set with a slim 5-3 lead. The Huskies went on a 3-0 run to take the lead 6-5. The two teams were tied at 10-10 and 12-12, but Elk Point-Jefferson went on a 7-0 run for a 19-12 lead. Tri-Valley fought back to within three points, 22-19, but the Huskies held off the rally for a 25-21 win.
The Mustangs opened the third set with a 4-0 run, but the Huskies tied the score early at 5-5. Elk Point-Jefferson would follow that with an 8-2 run for a 13-7 advantage. Tri-Valley closed the gap to 15-13, but the Huskies used another run to go ahead 23-16 before winning 25-19. The two teams had a strong battle in the fourth set. The scored was tied 4-4 and again 6-6. Tri-Valley went ahead 9-6, but the Huskies tied the score 12-12. Elk Point-Jefferson then took a three point lead, 17-14, only to have Tri-Valley rally to tie the score 20-20. The score was again tied 22-22. The Mustangs pulled in front, 24-23, but Elk Point-Jefferson scored the final three points for the 26-24 win.
Madelyn Wenzel finished with 13 kills, seven digs, and a set assist. Victoria O’Toole had seven kills. Nevaeh Grann added six kills, 16 set assists, and 10 digs. Emery Pearson also had six kills, two digs, and a block. Hillary Hastings had four kills. Emily Wenzel finished with 15 set assists and four digs. Kenzie Atwood, Lauren Grinde, and Julia Mauszycki all had nine digs each.