The Myers Park Mustangs rallied from a two sets to one deficit to defeat the Ardrey Kell Knights in a five-set thriller Tuesday at Myers Park in the second round of the 4A NC state volleyball playoffs.
Myers Park won 25-15, 23-25, 19-25, 26-24 and 15-13. The Mustangs advance to the third round Thursday when they’ll host the Hough Huskies, who beat Hopewell three sets to one Tuesday.
Trailing two sets to one, Myers Park was on the ropes late in the fourth set, trailing 22-24. The Knights were one point away from capturing the match and had two opportunities. But the Mustangs staved off defeat by reeling off four straight points to capture the set and send the match to the 15-point decisive fifth set.
Myers Park senior outside hitter Megan Owens was asked what Mustangs coach Betty Berry said to the team when they were down two sets to one.
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“She told us to just do what we do best; pick up our energy, pull out the win and be better then them,” Owens said.
The fifth set was nip-and-tuck, with the biggest lead being three points for Myers Park. With the
set tied 13-13, the Mustangs won the final two points to advance.
After taking the first set comfortably 25-10, the Mustangs saw the Knights roar back and win
the next two sets with close 25-23 and 25-19 wins.
“Volleyball is such a game of momentum which you saw tonight,” Berry said. “It looked like we were going to roll Ardrey Kell out of the gym, and they came back and looked like they were going to roll us out of the gym. I was just hoping we would step up and make some great plays and we did.”
Mustangs senior middle blocker Katie Tylman used her 6 foot, 2 inch height to deliver numerous important kills and timely blocks during the match.
“The whole team really picked it up at the end there,” she said. “We go through a lot of waves, but we are always able to pick it up at the end.”