Volleyball: Dreadnaughts fall in five-set thriller to Huron

The Dexter volleyball team battled rival Ann Arbor Huron to five sets before falling on Tuesday night in an SEC showdown. The Dreads lost the first game 24-26 before taking game two 25-20. Huron took the third game 12-25 but Dexter bounced back to win game four 25-20 before falling 8-15 in game five.

“We need to learn from our mistakes,” said Dexter Coach D’Ann Dunn. “We struggle with letting the other team get four or five points in a row then have to dig our way out of the hole.

“Thank goodness these girls have the desire to get back in the gym tomorrow. We will keep working on defense and serve receive.”

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Dexter was led by sophomore Brooklyn Brown with 11 kills, 2 service aces and 11 digs. Sophomore Taylor Venuto had 11 kills; junior Alexa Bell contributed 3 service aces and 7 kills; and junior libero Jessica Stout played hard all night on defense with 17 digs.

Senior captains Mary Gallagher (6 kills) and Sophie Kurcz (19 assists and 14 digs) are strong leaders of the Dreadnaughts and both came to play on Tuesday.

“Each one wants to win and are doing a great job leading our program,” Dunn said. “Our motto is ‘I Play for Her’ pointing to the teammates on each side. As a team, we will make adjustments and work hard to improve in preparation to keep playing through November.”

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Huron took early leads (5-1, 10-4) in the first game but Dexter fought back. Nice tips at the net by Gallagher and Venuto cut the lead to 15-9. A spike by Venuto made it 18-13 and Alexa Bell followed with a tip at the net.

A huge spike by Gallagher and an ace by Bell cut the deficit to 19-16. Bell helped serve Dexter to a 19-19 tie. Consecutive aces by Madison DeLacy gave the Dreadnaughts a 23-21 lead. But Huron rallied for a 26-24 win.

There was little doubt in the second game as the home team dominated from start to finish. A spike by Karli Deutscher gave the Dreads an 8-2 lead and a tip by Gallagher tipped the lead to 15-11.

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A spike by Deutscher that the River Rats couldn’t handle made it 20-13. A tip at the net by Venuto pushed the lead to 22-14 and a nice play at the net by Brooklyn Brown gave the hosts a 24-16 lead. Dexter won 25-20.

Huron jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game three. A monster spike by Brown got Dexter on the board and a spike by Venuto cut the deficit to 8-2. A tip by Venuto made it 14-4 but the River Rats were too tough and coasted to a 25-13 win.

The Dreadnaughts were not about to go quietly into the night, playing a strong game four and posting a 25-20 win. The River Rats were just too tough in the decisive fifth game pulling out a game-deciding 15-8 victory.

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