Maddie Hammitt

Maddie Hammitt sets up for a kill in the match against West Central Sept. 22.

In what was the start of a busy homecoming week, the Husky volleyball team hosted Beresford Sept. 22.

EPJ was never really threatened in games 1 and 2 and held on in game 3 to win the match 25-17, 25-16, 25-21.

Addison Stabe started the match with a nice run from the line, helping the Huskies build a 5-1 lead. Teja Torrez continued the serving pressure, with 1 of her 2 aces, and EPJ had a 9-2 lead. Two Watchdog time-outs couldn’t cool down the Huskies and with Nicole Wriedt serving they built on their lead. Game 1 ended with Stabe back on the line.

In game 2, it was Alyssa Chytka’s turn to show off some serves, as EPJ came out strong, building a 6-0 lead. The Husky pressure paid off, as Beresford had to send back free balls and EPJ could run its offense. MacKenzie Stone had 1 of her best matches this season, leading all scorers with 14 kills. She pounded them cross-court to the deep back corner, then changed it up with a kill down the line. Game 2 ended with Torrez’s second ace.

Beresford started out game 3 on their own scoring run, serving hard and flat. EPJ was down 7-9 before they figured out how to pass those serves. They tied it a 9-all, then took the lead for good. Two straight kills from Sophia Giorgio got EPJ to 22-20. With Wriedt serving, the Huskies closed out the match.

Chytka had 3 aces and 37 digs. Giorgio set for 16 kills and Josie Curry had the team’s only block.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.