The A Gym was the scene of one of the best SCC volleyball contests in recent memory on Tuesday night as the Lady Dees fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the match 2-2 only to fall short losing to perennial power Davis County in the final set.
The opening game seemed to have Albia on their heels having not held a lead but staying close when with the score 10-9 in favor of the Lady Mustangs, DC went on a 10 point run. Much of the run was self inflicted with long kill shots, bad passes and missed digs. Davis County went on to win 25-14.
Game two was much more competitive. Alex Beard had the Lady Dees off on the right foot as she served them to a 4-0 lead and Ellie Spurgin added to that advantage with an ace serve while building the score to 8-3. The Lady Mustangs worked their way back to a 13-13 tie and with the game tied at 16-16, DC went on a 9-5 run to take the game making the match 2-0 .
An early long rally proved to be a sign that the Lady Dees had no intention of ending the night. Albia built a 7-3 margin and maintained a three point edge until DC maneuvered to within one point at 20-19 but a rocket kill by Abbey Griffin, strong serves by Jenna Gronewold and a final dink by Griffin gave Albia a 24-19 lead. After two points by the Lady Mustangs a net serve ended the set with Albia claiming victory 25-21.
The fourth set was equally contentious. The teams stayed within one point of each other until with Beard at the service line, Albia took a 12-9 lead. Spurgin started Albia on another surge with an ace serve and ended putting the Lady Dees in a 16-10 advantage. Later Abbie Martin’s ace serve started a run that finished with the Lady Dees ahead 20-13. A kill by Ericka Archibald put Albia up 23-16 and Albia was able to send the match to a fifth game 25-18.
The fifth game that is to 15 started well for Albia but after a 4-4 tie Davis County went on a seven point run that seemed not to be stopped even though Coach Cox-Dustin called two timeouts. The Lady Mustangs went on to win the set and match 15-7.
Individual stats are not available at this time but Albia falls to 12-9 on the season. Albia will host Twin Cedars on Monday for Pink Out Night and also host Chariton on Tuesday.