MacKenzie Stone had a career game in the opening round of volleyball playoffs Nov. 3. The Huskies hosted the Beresford Watchdogs and beat them decisively – 25-12, 25-11, 25-8.
The EPJ offense hummed to the tune of 38 kills on the night, 18 of them from Stone. She hit from all over the court, doing most of her damage on the left side. The Beresford block gave her the line, and she put it down again and again.
The first game was tied at 4-all when Teja Torrez served 5 straight points, including 3 aces. Later in the same game, Josie Curry served from 9-6 to 16-6. Beresford had no answer for either those serves, or for Maddie Hammitt, whose kills kept finding the floor. Both she and Stone mixed up their shots, hitting hard line one time and tipping into the middle of the floor.
The Watchdogs changed setters in game 2 and that gave them a little momentum. EPJ’s serves started missing and Beresford tied the game at 9-all. Coach Erin Ellinger called a time-out and the Huskies hit the floor fired up. Beresford scored only 2 more points in that game.
The third game was tied at 2-all when Stone again took over. She hit both line and out of the middle to confound the Beresford blockers. EPJ won the game, and the match, easily.
Alyssa Chytka led the Huskies with 23 digs. Sophia Giorgio had 18 set assists and Curry put up the team’s only block.