Mason County Volleyball

After August 26th's Glacier Invitational at Bracken County, the Mason County volleyball team was reeling, sitting at 0-7 on the season.

Seventeen days later, the Lady Royals have seemed to of turned it around. After a 2-0, (25-18, 25-15) win over Augusta Tuesday, Mason currently sits at 5-8, winners of five of their last six and four straight.

"Four in a row is huge for us," Lady Royals coach Zach Thomas said. "They're playing music at the end of matches, the energy is a lot different right now than what it was at the beginning of the season. It's a lot more fun winning and I think these girls are starting to figure it out. It doesn't matter what level you're at, winning always feels good."

The Lady Royals did so with their power Tuesday evening at the Fieldhouse as they racked up 21 kills and 10 aces in the match, taking it home in straight sets.

"It was the best night of offense we've had in the season, by far. Everybody that was hitting seemed to put it down very well today," Thomas said.

It was Alyssa Cracraft starting things off as she opened up the match with three straight aces, building a 3-0 lead. Kills from Meya Myrick and Emily Huber, who had a team-high seven kills in the match, quickly pushed the Lady Royals lead to 6-2 in the opening set.

After three straight Mason errors to get Augusta within one, an error followed by a Lexi Cooper ace built the Lady Royals lead to 8-5. The lead would stretch to as big as 15-8 following another ace from Cracraft, prompting Lady Panthers coach Roy Machen to call a timeout.

Augusta would sneak closer to within 16-12, but three straight kills from Huber put the first set out of reach for good as the Lady Royals would take it 25-18.

The Lady Panthers took their first lead of the match at 6-5 in the second set, but it was short lived when Grace Rose Blackwell knotted things back up at 6-6 with a kill. A Lady Panthers error followed by a kill from Michaela Remley squared things back up at seven, but then a 5-0 Lady Royals run fueled by two Cracraft aces pushed Mason's advantage back out to 12-7.

The lead plummeted to 16-8 when Sarah Bravard collected a pair of aces with a Huber kill mixed in, prompting another timeout from Machen.

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The regroup worked as Augusta crept back in within 16-12, but Meya Myrick answered with a kill followed by an ace, pushing it back out to 18-12. Augusta would get no closer as the Lady Royals closed out with a 7-3 run to finish off the match in straight sets.

Improving to 5-8, the Lady Royals will get a chance to inch closer to the .500 mark over the next two days with matches at Harrison County Wednesday and home against Bracken County Thursday. With the impressive kill and ace numbers in the match, one cause for concern was the 11 service errors committed in the match.

"Serves, we had to be in the double digits on misses. District tournament that's not going to fly. We don't really have much time to practice that, but hopefully with all these matches coming up will help us get a lot of serves in and get a lot of people serving," Thomas said.

Wednesday's and Thursday's matches precede the Dink Scott Memorial Tournament at Montgomery County on Saturday. 

Augusta dropped to 5-10 with the loss and will host Calvary Christian on Thursday. The Lady Panthers have lost four of their last five. 


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