The Huskies had little trouble dealing with the Viborg-Hurley Cougars on the road Oct. 6, winning in the 3 – 25-19, 25-18, 25-22.

Eight players had kills in the match, led by Josie Curry with 7 and MacKenzie Stone with 6. Alyssa Chytka had 5 aces against the Cougars, starting off a week in which she notched 19 overall. She also led the team in digs with 26, 1 of 11 Huskies to hit the scorebook.

EPJ’s home game against Tri-Valley Oct. 8 was another typical hustle match, but this time the Huskies came out on the short end, losing 27-25, 17-25, 22-25, 22-25.

The Mustangs hit the floor running, serving tough and putting a lot of pressure on EPJ’s offense. They built a substantial 14-8 lead when Chytka went back to the line. She stayed there serving through the next 10 points, dropping in an ace or 2, some of her 8 aces on the night. The Mustangs fought back, though, and tied the game at 22, 23, 24 and 25. The game ended at 27-25 on another Chytka serve.

That tough serving continued for EPJ in the next game, as well as scrappy defense on both sides, before 2 of Tri-Valley’s big hitters started finding their marks. They built a 12-8 lead that they extended to 16-8 and held on to win the game.

The hitters got going on both sides in game 3, although Tri-Valley was going for power and EPJ for finesse. Chytka served up 3 straight aces, hitting it shorter and shorter each time and dropping it right in front of the Mustang serve receive.

Tri-Valley’s serve deserted them in game 4, and that kept it close. The longest point of the night came with EPJ up 20-18. No one could get off a decent play and free-ball after free-ball kept the point alive until finally a Mustang hitter connected for a quick kill. A mini-run then gave Tri-Valley enough of an advantage to take the win.

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