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Fountain Central’s Kaitlyn Galloway (3) goes for a kill during Thursday’s Wabash River Conference volleyball match as Covington’s Erin Baker (9) prepares for the block. The Mustangs defeated the Trojans 25-15, 26-24, 25-16.

The long rivalry between the Covington Trojans and the Fountain Central Mustangs stepped up to the net Thursday night as the two schools squared off in Wabash River Conference volleyball action.

Led by solid all-around games from Lauren Krout and Rachel Crowder, the Mustangs prevailed in three sets 25-15, 26-24, 25-16.

Temporarily filling in for Mustangs coach Tricia Keeling is Sohnna Dillon.

“The team played well tonight, you certainly can’t complain about their effort,’’ she said. “They were moving their feet well and talking, which is something that has been an issue for us all season.’’

Even though they came up short on the scoreboard there were some positives for the Trojans

(1-10, 0-2 WRC).

“We played hard tonight. It’s as intense as I’ve seen the team play,’’ said Covington coach Jamie Hughes. “We were playing with some new players due to injuries, and I thought everyone adjusted well.’’

The first set was tied at 4-4 before the Mustangs went on a 5-0 run to open a 9-4 lead. The lead would go to 11-5 before the Trojans responded with a 7-2 run of their own to close the score to 13-12. Behind the serving of Crowder the Mustangs took the last eight points to break open a 17-15 contest and win the set.

“Rachel has a great jump serve that has flow to it as opposed to her regular serve which is more straight,’’ Dillon said. “She goes between the two styles and it’s very effective. She is also a senior leader and defensive specialist for us. She plays the back row and plays tough.’’

Crowder had a game-high 26 digs to go along with 3 aces. According to Hughes the set was an example of a season long problem for the Trojans.

“We have a lot of bad habits that we just can’t seem to break,’’ she said. “One of the biggest is digging ourselves holes we just can’t seem to get out of. We just haven’t been playing well consistently.’’

The second set was back fourth the whole way with the largest lead being four points. There were six ties with the last coming at 24-24 before the Mustangs took the last two points to win the set.

“I thought we played well enough in this set but relaxed and didn’t play as tough,’’ Dillon said. “We fell apart a little at times but were able to pull it out.’’

The set was a step forward for the


“We finally didn’t dig ourselves a big hole,’’ Hughes said. “We kept it close and played hard.’’

Krout had 14 kills and three blocks with Kinlee Bowman adding 10 digs and eight kills. Freshman Lindsey Haddock had four aces and Rachel Manicke and Hannah Morrett adding three kills each.

Leading the way for the Trojans were seniors Erin Baker and Chellsee Pruitt. Baker had 7 kills and 5 digs with Pruitt adding 7 assists and 3 kills. Chandler Huber had 5 kills and 2 aces and Becky Lyons added 3 aces.

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