Maryville and Benton volleyball clashed in an early MEC match-up, as the Spoofhounds came back from a slow start to sweep the Cardinals on Monday evening at Springer Gymnasium.

Benton started off the first set strong, as they scored eight of the first nine points early on. The Cardinals even extended the lead up to 13-3, leading to a Spoofhound timeout that turned the game around.

“I think we definitely know that we were better than the way we started,” Maryville coach Miranda Foster said. “But there were things that we did that were not up to par. So I took a couple of timeouts early to talk to the girls and they responded well.”

Coming out of that timeout, Maryville scored eight of the next 10 points and eventually tied it at 17 apiece. From that point on, the Spoofhounds finished off the set and won 25-20 before switching sides.

“I think that is an expectation that I have put on them. When it gets down the stretch, we should finish off those games. I think it was just crunch time, and we knew that we needed to get it done,” Foster said.

The second set was a back-and-forth match, as there were five ties before it was over. There was never a lead bigger than 4 points prior to the set being tied 18-18.

“We really just had to minimize the errors late in the second set,” junior setter Macy Loe said. “The errors were really getting up there, and keeping us from extending the lead.”

After being tied at 18, the Spoofhounds finished off the set once again. They scored seven of the final nine points, and came away with a sweep by another 25-20 score.

“In drills and practices, we practice on going on runs. So we were able to use that and we made sure that we were able to pull away and keep a distance from those scores,” Loe said.

Getting a road win against an MEC rival early into the season is huge for the Spoofhounds, who are looking to keep this undefeated streak going.

“We started off pretty rough, but overall we did a good job of executing plays that we have been practicing,” Foster said. “It is a really good win for us. My mini-goal right now is to go 7-0, and we haven’t done that since 2008. I’m hoping to get these next two wins, at home and on the road, to get there.”

Maryville hosts Southwest Valley tonight, and travels back to St. Joseph on Thursday to battle Bishop LeBlond. Benton will look to bounce back as they play Cameron on Thursday at Springer Gymnasium.

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