Dexter and Huron met on Thursday night on the volleyball court as part of a quad-meet at Dexter that featured some very good teams, close matches and plenty of digs, sets, blocks and spikes – even an ace or two.
The Dreadnaughts are one of the elite teams, not only in the SEC, but the area while the River Rats are rebuilding a little bit after losing 11 seniors off last year’s team. Huron played their hosts tough, especially in the first game, but Dexter just had too much firepower and won the match in two sets.
The Dreadnaughts won the opener 25-23, then switched gears and took game two 25-16.
“Overall, I am happy with how we competed,” said Huron Coach Toney Cummer. “We have been struggling with consistency this season, but we continue to grow as a team each time out. Our focus has been process over outcome all season.
“We have a good mix of senior leadership and juniors with experience. The new players and those stepping into starting roles are growing quickly as well.”
Huron was led by Mikayla Keefer (19 kills), Jenny Yu (18 kills, 5 aces), Hannah Bernstein (53 assists, 8 aces), Avery Carlock (14 aces) and Katrina Walbridge (4 aces).
Huron falls to 5-7 on the season.
Dexter was led by the usual suspects. Avery Goodrich had seven kills, and 12 digs; Livvy Mellifont had 24 digs and 2 aces; Delaney Arnedt had 16 assists, Eleanor King had 8 assists and 2 kills; and Jordan Kless had 9 kills and 5 digs.
The Dreadnaughts (11-1) also defeated Western 25-17, 21-25, 15-13 in a competitive three-match contest. Dexter lost for only the second time this season when they fell to Pinckney 25-27, 25-11, 15-11. The quad featured plenty of competitive games which should certainly help the Dreads prepare for a tough District.
In the Western match, Kless had 11 kills and 10 digs; Goodrich had 15 digs; King had 21 assists and 9 digs; Arnedt had 8 assists and 6 digs; Mellifont had 21 digs; and Mikah Salemi had 4 kills and 4 digs.
In the Pinckney match, Mellifont had 25 digs; Kless had 10 kills and 11 digs; Arnedt had 14 assists and 8 digs; King had 12 digs, five kills and 17 assists; Goodrich had six kills and 16 digs.