BALDWIN — Mason County Eastern’s girls volleyball team found itself in a battle with Baldwin in a Western Michigan D League match on the road Thursday night, being pressed to five sets before emerging with a 3-2 victory over the Panthers.
The Cardinals were forced into comeback mode right at the start after losing the first set, 16-25.
Regrouping between sets, the Cardinals came back to win the second set, 25-12 and felt they had seized the momentum when they took the third set, 25-22.
Not so fast. Eastern lost the fourth set, 23-25 as the Panthers kept their hopes alive. The Cardinals pulled the match out with a 15-11 win in the fifth set.
“The girls played their hearts out,” said Cardinals head coach Hilary Wright. “They stayed true to how they played their sets. It was a solid team win.”
Deanna Codman paced the Cardinals with 16 attacks and seven kills, leading the defense with 31 digs while adding five assists and one block.
Janessa Alvesteffer also put up some impressive numbers with 11 kills, 16 tips, 21 digs, four blocks and three assists.
Adriana Bosley contributed 15 digs, 29 assists, five attacks, one ace and one kill. Avery Crawford added seven kills, four attacks, two digs and one ace.
Mackenzie Wright had 12 digs, five assists, three kills and four tips. Taylor Campbell added seven digs, four aces and one assist. Lilly Basden finished the night with 26 digs and two attacks.
The Cardinals next host Marion in another WMD match next Monday night.