The Dexter volleyball team came into Tuesday’s match with Chelsea spiking with confidence and no matter what the Bulldogs served up, the host Dreadnaughts had an answer for in an impressive 3-1 win in the annual Dig Pink match.
Dexter went 5-1 to win the Parma Western on Saturday and brought an awesome 25-9 record – including a perfect 11-0 in the SEC White Division – into Tuesday’s showdown with rival Chelsea.
The Dreads wasted little time establishing control in this match despite some well-played and aggressive volleyball being played on the other side of the net.
A block by senior Karli Deutscher evened the score at 11-11 in the opening game. Another block by Deutscher and a spike by junior Brooklyn Brown pushed Dexter’s lead to 12-10.
A nice tip by senior Alexa Bell made it 20-17 and a huge spike by junior Taylor Venuto gave the Dreads a 21-18 lead.
Dexter went on to take the opener 25-21.
The second game was a well-played back-and-forth affair before the home team started to pull away. A spike by Brown gave the Dreads a 14-9 lead and a spike by Venuto made it 17-9 and Dexter was on its way to a 25-14 win.
The Bulldogs would not go quietly into the pink night and overcame an early deficit in game three. Venuto spiked Dexter to an 8-7 lead and Brown drilled home a point to make it 12-8.
But the Bulldogs rallied and led 20-17 before taking the game 25-18.
The Dreads would take care of business in the final game building an early 7-3 lead. An ace by Venuto gave the Dreads a 12-5 lead and then a tip at the net by Brown made it 13-5 and the rout was on.
Venuto spiked Dexter to a 20-9 lead and another spike by Abigail Herman gave the home team a 22-10 lead as they finished off Chelsea 25-12.
Dexter hosts Skyline to celebrate Senior Night on Oct. 24.