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Mustangs Fight to the Finish to Down Colonial 8/25/2016

The Girls Volleyball team (1-1) took Colonial (0-2) to five sets to defeat them in a 3-2 tiebreaker on Thursday night.

The Mustangs started with an early 8-5 deficit in the first set before going on a 7-0 run courtesy of kills by sophomore Derionah Abner and senior Nakeria Henderson. Wekiva never trailed after that point, though a five-point run by the Grenadiers near the end of the set threatened to reverse the Mustangs' good fortune before they put it away 25-21.

The second set proved much more difficult for the Mustangs as Colonial found their rhythm and led throughout the game, picking up an 18-10 advantage just over halfway through and holding onto that through the end to win 25-18 and tie the match at 1-1.

But the Mustangs were not ready to give up just yet. In the third set, the two teams traded the lead frequently and neither had more than a two-point advantage until the Mustangs were finally able to force a Grenadier error late in the set to lead 23-18. Colonial tried to make a comeback happen, but it was too late, and Wekiva was able to take a 25-22 win to go up 2-1 for the match.

The fourth set was nearly a repeat of the third, but this time favoring the Grenadiers. Abner and Henderson continued racking up the kills supported by strong defensive skills from junior libero Jasmin Zackery who picked up 34 digs on the night, but after a 21-21 tie, the Mustangs started to tire and Colonial went on a 4-0 run to tie the match at 2-2 and force a tiebreaker set.

Apparently ready to go home, the Mustangs finally came out with a truly dominant performance and made short work of the Grenadiers in the tiebreaker. Henderson opened the set with an impressive block that set the tone for the rest of the match. After a 7-4 Wekiva advantage to start the set, the unsettled Grenadiers were unable to control the timing of their attacks on three consecutive rallies, and the Mustangs responded with an ace, kill, and block to pick up six consecutive points and seal their fate in a 15-6 victory.

Abner turned in an exceptionally balanced performance on both sides of the ball, picking up 12 kills, three aces, and 16 digs. Henderson also turned in a very solid performance with 12 kills and four blocks. Zackery's 34 digs kept the Grenadier attacks at bay long enough for the Mustangs to secure a victory.

The Mustangs now spend the next week and a half on the road, traveling to Edgewater on August 30 and West Orange on September 6 for their first district game. Their next home appearance will be September 7 vs. Olympia.

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DateTimeTeamOpponent
8/30/2016 3:00 pm B Golf Oak Ridge (@ Wekiva GC)
8/30/2016 4:00 pm G Golf Lyman, Oak Ridge (@ Wekiva GC)
8/30/2016 6:00 pm JVG Volleyball @ Edgewater
8/30/2016 7:00 pm VG Volleyball @ Edgewater
8/31/2016 3:00 pm B Swimming & Diving East River (@ Lake Brantley)
8/31/2016 3:00 pm G Swimming & Diving East River (@ Lake Brantley)
9/1/2016 3:00 pm B Golf Apopka, Olympia (@ Apopka)
9/1/2016 4:00 pm G Golf Apopka, Ocoee (@ Wekiva GC)
9/1/2016 6:00 pm FR Football Boone
9/1/2016 6:30 pm B Swimming & Diving Cornerstone (@ Wadeview Park)
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