Portage Central volleyball won at home Wednesday against Portage Northern 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19.
It was yet another tight battle between the crosstown rivals, as their divisional duels had gone five sets in the prior two seasons and their 2018 district tournament meeting went four. Like those contests, it was the Mustangs who came away victorious in the end.
The match had 14 lead changes in total, including five in a back-and-forth opening frame. PC had a 20-17 lead at a timeout, but the Huskies used a 6-3 run to go ahead 23-22. However, a service error tied the match at 23, followed by kills from Morgan Wessels and Elise Eichman to give the edge to the Mustangs.
Portage Central jumped ahead early and stayed ahead throughout the 25-19 second set. In the third, PC started ahead 4-0, but PN put together a rally midway through, outscoring the Mustangs 15-8 to close the set and force a fourth.
The final frame had three early lead changes, then Portage Central locked in, growing an 11-8 lead to a nine-point advantage, allowing them to fend off any late charge from the Huskies.
Unofficially, Jordan MacDonald topped PC with 10 kills. Maizie Brown and Lauren Richardson each had eight with Richardson adding five blocks. PN’s Makayla Smith racked up 10 kills with eight by Kennedy Pilger and seven via Alia Mastromatteo. Setter Gabi Ford added five aces.
The win tipped the rivalry week scale back toward Portage Central. After a football loss last Friday to the Huskies, PC also picked up a 2-1 soccer win Tuesday.
Portage Central improves to 9-8 overall with the victory and Portage Northern falls to 12-8. Both teams are 1-1 within the SMAC West and both will host tournaments on Saturday for their next action.