When these two SCAA rivals line up across the net from each other, they usually don't disappoint fans and this time was no different.
"I'm really proud of my girls, especially since they beat us in three games at the SEMO tournament," Dexter coach Carmen Morgan said after the match. "We're a young team, but we're learning to play tougher."
Dexter jumped out front early in game one, building a 15-4 advantage. At 18-5, Bernie coach Erin Hoffman called a time out. After that meeting in front of the bench, you could feel the momentum begin to swing Bernie's way.
The Lady Mules finished Game one with a 12-7 advantage, but it was enough to pull the opener out.
Game 2 saw the Lady Mules come out strong. It was a game of runs as Dexter used a 4-0 spurt to take a 12-9 led, while Bernie answered with a 11-3 run to surge ahead 20-15
It was Dexter's turn to respond with a 10-4 run to take a 25-24 lead, but Bernie scored the last three points to take a 27-25 win and force a Game 3.
Bernie opened Game 3 with a 7-1 advantage before the Lady 'Cats ran off 12 of the next 14 points to move ahead 13-9. A 5-0 Bernie run pushed the Lady Mules out front 14-13, but Dexter would finish the game with a 11-4 advantage, the game-winner coming on a missed serve by Bernie.
"We are not playing at our best this week," Bernie's new coach Erin Hoffman said after the game. "I'm not sure why, but I'm not going to make any excuses for us.
"I think a lot of it might be that I've changed everything around and for seniors it's really hard to let go of your comfort (zone). But they also need to look at how far they have gone and what they want to go this year.
"We're still in that transition phase," Hoffman added. "I really think you are going to see a different team come out after this. This week was really hard on us."
the loss left the Lady Mules with an 0-3 record this week, including losses to Leopold and Advance.
"And I don't want to take anything away from Dexter," she added. "I don't want it to sound like that. But we definitely are not playing anything like we played this week end. But we'll figure it out. We'll figure out why."
Ellen Snider led the Lady Mules with 13 kills while Paige Mays charted 22 digs.
Dexter was nearly flawless from the service line with 98.6 percent. Hannah Noe paced the offense with 11 kills, followed by Shyann Jines with 9 (6 blocks) and Paige Patterson with 6 (2 blocks). Jines also was credited with 20 digs while Alyssa Spear led the team with 14 assists.
Dexter made it a sweep on the night with a 25-18, 14-25, 25-17 win in the junior varsity match.
Bernie will next be in action against Poplar bluff while Dexter will travel to Marble Hill Monday to take on the Lady Cardinals of Woodland.