HOWARD — The visiting Danville Blue Devils (6-1, 3-1 MBC) broke out early and fought off a comeback try from the East Knox Bulldogs (3-2, 2-2 MBC) to win Thursday’s Mid-Buckeye Conference volleyball match, 25-10, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17.
After taking the first game in easy fashion, Danville was trailing in the second game, 20-19, when East Knox’s Mikayla Little (four kills, three aces) began serving. The Bulldogs took Game 2 to the brink, getting a kill from Meghan Brady (seven kills, 10 digs) off a Megan Furby (seven kills, 18 digs, five blocks) set. A pair of kills by Melissa Mickley with Monica Honabarger (two kills, 16 digs, two aces) serving wasn’t enough as Tesse Bordenkircher (11 assists and a kill) slammed in the final point for the Bulldogs to tie their arch rivals at a game apiece.
“You never know what you’re going to get when you come into this game,” said Danville coach Ann Henry. “The jayvee team came out a little flat, so I was apprehensive about how our (varsity) was going to come out and they came out real strong and they didn’t let the Devil-Dog jitters get to them at all.”
“Our second game is typical of how we play,” said East Knox coach Bill Schultz. “We’re a scrappy team. We’ve got to win by playing good defense. We rely on passing and, when we pass well, we can compete with teams, but where we ran in to trouble in the third and fourth games, the passing was off.”
Perhaps Game 2 was just a temporary loss of focus for Danville.
“I think we came out ready to play,” said Mickley. “We had some rough spots but I think we did really good. (In Game 2) we weren’t working together and some of our hits were going out but we came back.”
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