The Lady Bearcats had a starter quit the volleyball team this week, but the remaining players pulled together for a 25-9, 25-6 win over New Madrid County Central Thursday night at the Bearcat Event Center.
"We had a player quit this week," Dexter coach Carmen Morgan said after the game. "A big tall player (Brittany Harris). And you know what. Everyone pulled right in.
"And here's our philosophy," Morgan continued. "We look at what we have not at what we don't have. And we concentate on that.
"So we're out there, pushing and playing and everyone stepped up tonight to do what they needed to do. Everyone played their role.
"There were a couple of things that we've got to do a little better, but we took care of business and that's what we've got to do."
NMCC hung tough against the Lady Bearcats in the early going in Game 1. Dexter trailed early (3-2) but put together a 6-0 run to make it a 8-3 game. The Lady Eagles continued to hang around trailing just 12-9 before the Lady 'Cats reeled off the next 13 points with Hannah Noe at the service line to take Game 1.
Noe returned to the service line to start Game 2 and continued her strong serving effort as Dexter jumped out to a 3-0 lead. After halting run, NMCC didn't score again until Dexter had put 12 points on the board and the Lady 'Cats coasted home with the 25-6 win to take the match.
"They played better," Morgan said of her team's effort in the second game. "They had a goal of not letting them score more than nine points, I think. And they didn't that second game.
"Basically, we just wanted to get back out and play like we finished the first game," she added. "Paige (Patterson) stepped up for us. She's our biggest girl now and she stepped up and did some good things. Everyone of them did something good. We've made some changes as we went. We've got some injuries that we're playing with and they are playing hard and playing with those injuries. I give them all credit.
"Julia (Hahn), our freshman we moved up, she did well," Morgan noted. "And they all took care of her. I told her the teammates will take care of you and they did. You know when you are a freshman and get moved up you are scared. But she played well.
"I don't have any negative things really to say about them tonight," she added. "I felt like they got out there and did what they needed to do."
Dexter (6-3) will next be in action this weekend in Cape Girardeau for the 48-team Dig for Life Challenge tournament.
"There are so many teams," Morgan said of this weekend's tournament. "I'll get to watch a lot of teams play. That will be good. We'll see Perryville again. Perryville got us in the tournament at Notre Dame. We'll see them again. They are a team we could play every week and I'd love it because they will make you a better team."