MT. PLEASANT — The Mt. Pleasant volleyball team bounced right back on Thursday after a tough loss against Fort Madison two nights prior. The Panthers beat a previously 6-3 Albia team in four sets, winning 25-17, 12-25, 25-15, 25-14 on Senior Night.
Mt. Pleasant got off to a slow start in the first set but found their footing when Avery Sutter stepped up to serve. After getting a kill and a block at the front line to take the game from an 8-6 deficit to an 8-8 tie, Sutter scored seven points in a row, including two aces, to give the Panthers a 14-8 lead.
The Panthers cruised from that point forward, eventually getting the score up to double digits when an Eli Liechty ace ended the set at 25-15.
Albia score the first seven points of the second set and blew the Panthers out by 13, but Mt. Pleasant was right back at it in the third.
It was Sutter again who had the hot hand to start the third game, knotching back-to-back kills to give Mt. Pleasant an early 5-1 lead.
Mt. Pleasant scored 15 of the first 20 points in the third set, capped off by a Kenna Lamm ace to bring the score to 15-5. Karsyn Lamm and Maddie Moore had three kills apiece in the set and Mt. Pleasant rolled to a 2-1 lead.
The Panthers never trailed in the fourth set. Mt. Pleasant torched the Lady Dees with a scortching-hot serving set, knotching six aces in the final game. Ralyn Seberg had four of those, and both Regan Seberg and Kenna put up one.
“: I think since it was senior night, we all really wanted to win, especially after Tuesday night’s game,” said Sutter, who bothered the Lady Dees up front. “We all wanted to recovery from that, and we spent a lot of time in practice yesterday working on our serve receive, because that was one of our biggest issues.”
Sutter was one of six seniors celebrated. Others were Karsyn, Liechty, Moore, Ashlee Oilar and Elizabeth Vandeuren.
“These seniors have put extra time in,” said Mt. Pleasant head coach David Streeter. “I think it shows the younger players that if you put the extra time in, it pays off.”
Mt. Pleasant is now 6-10 on the year. They will play at the Ottumwa tournament on Saturday.