Dexter’s volleyball season came to an end on Wednesday night during a District opening round loss to host Ann Arbor Huron in an exciting five-game match that bounced back and forth all night long.
“We played hard for the two-hour match,” said Dexter coach D’Ann Dunn. “We made a few too many mistakes – digging point deficits and struggled with finishing each set.
“We have talked about mental toughness all season focusing on the ability to finish. I feel we made improvement but still have room to grow. Huron played well. They had talented hitters and did not let many balls hit the floor.”
Dexter finishes the season at 25-26 but showed great improvement as the season moved along, thanks to the hard work from the players and the great commitment from the coaching staff.
“I sure appreciate each of the girls and families commitment to our program – the girls have been working hard since the week after Spring Break of 2015,” Dunn said. “I look forward to improving our spring and summer workouts to build and improve making us even more competitive next season.”
The Dreads came out with energy and solid play in the opening game. They grabbed an early lead and never looked back. A spike by Grace Wilson spiked Dexter to an 18-12 lead. A great diving save by Jaime Becker and a block by Wilson led Dexter to a 20-17 lead.
Spikes by Taylor Venuto and Shelby Spuller pushed the lead to 22-18 and the Dreads took the opener 25-19.
The second game was all even at 18-18 when a tip by Mary Gallagher gave the Dreads a 19-18 lead. A spike by Wilson and blocks by Amanda Fileccia and Gallagher helped the Dreads tie the game at 25-25 before falling 26-24.
The Dreads cruised to a win in game three, taking advantage of some Huron mistakes. Dexter led 15-7 before the River Rats rallied to cut it to 18-16. Spikes by Venuto and Fileccia gave the Dreads a 20-16 lead and Dexter cruised to a 25-18 win.
Huron led for most of game four before Dexter rallied to tie it up at 19-19. Some nice serves by Becker gave the Dreads their first lead at 20-19 – just five points from wrapping it up.
Becker served Dexter to a 22-19 lead before Huron rallied to tie it at 22-22. A tip by Fileccia pushed the Dreads to within two points of the victory. But Huron won the next three to win 25-23 and force game five.
The Dreads got great plays by Spuller, Kathleen Niedermeier (who made a spectacular dive to save a point), Venuto and Spuller again to take an 8-4 lead. But Huron rallied to tie it at 8-8. The River Rats led 12-8 before a block by Venuto cut it to 12-9.
The Dreads didn’t give up after falling behind. They rallied to cut it to 13-12. But Huron knocked down the next three points to take the game and match 15-12.
Seniors led the way for the Dreads. Spuller led with 18 kills and 13 digs. Wilson had 11 kills and 26 digs, Fileccia had 3 service aces, 5 kills, 39 assists and 22 digs, and Becker had 30 digs.
Others playing well for Dexter included Taylor Venuto (6 kills), Mary Gallagher (5 kills) and Alexa Bell (4 kills).