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Mason City bests Dodgers

October 12, 2012
By DANA BECKER - Messenger Sports Writer ( , Messenger News

The Fort Dodge volleyball team showed flashes of what head coach Toni Cochrane wants to see.

Unfortunately those moments only came during the third game, as the Dodgers were defeated by arch-rival Mason City inside the FDSH gym Thursday night.

Scores were 25-19, 25-18, 13-25 and 25-16.

After dropping the first two, Fort Dodge (7-25 overall, 0-2 in CIML Northern) seemed to have things working in the third. The Dodgers received three ace serves from Molly Matthes, Lexi Astor and Hailee Richardson, while Tiana Mericle came up with a pair of timely blocks.

"We've struggled all year with showing the right emotion out on the floor," Cochrane said. "But to be able to come back down 2-0 and play so well in the third, that was something we can build on.

"It's late in the year, but if we can put that kind of play out on the floor, we can be successful."

Astor's ace - one of three for her in the match - gave Fort Dodge a commanding 20-10 advantage. Richardson, just a sophomore, followed up with her ace a few points later, and the Dodgers looked to have life.

The Mohawks (12-19, 1-1) made sure to put that fire out quickly in the fourth. After a Mericle block, Mason City answered with three consecutive points to take a 17-11 lead. The Dodgers cut it to 18-16, but the Mohawks scored the final seven points to clinch the league victory.

Astor led Fort Dodge with nine kills, while Jaci Cochrane added seven and Ashley Altman had six. Astor was 17-for-18 serving with the three aces, while also recording nine digs.

Molly Matthes added 11 digs and Cochrane finished with eight, while Maddie Egli registered 17 assists. Mericle blocked eight shots on the night.

"We've got one match left before we wipe the slate clean and enter the postseason," Cochrane said. "We've got to clean some areas up and start focusing on that right now."

Amanda Bennett led the Mohawks with 13 kills in the victory, as Mason City snapped a seven-match losing streak to Fort Dodge.

The Dodgers finish up regular season play on Tuesday vs. Ames. Fort Dodge's first postseason match takes place Oct. 25 inside the FDSH gym against No. 9 (Class 5A) Urbandale.

The Fort Dodge freshman A team won, 25-14 and 25-21, while the B team picked up a 25-10, 25-14 victory. The Dodger sophomores rolled, 25-4 and 25-14.



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