After starting the year in a 1-2 hole following losses to both Assumption and St. Michael the Archangel, the Lady Griffins caught fire and won eight of nine matches.

With the return of such great veteran leaders like Kristen Thompson and Caroline Beeman, Dutchtown was expected to do big things in 2016, and they’ve certainly stepped forward in that direction to start the season.

After starting the year in a 1-2 hole following losses to both Assumption and St. Michael the Archangel, the Lady Griffins caught fire and won eight of nine matches.

They kept the momentum flowing last week as they went on the road to face a stern non-district test against Central.

After the two teams split the first two sets, Dutchtown took control in the third, pushing through to claim two straight sets and the match victory.

The first set against the Lady Wildcats was nip and tuck with both teams fighting vigorously for the lead. However, the Lady Griffins caught fire and dominated the latter part of the frame, going on a 14-3 rally to lock up the 25-15 victory.

Though the Lady Griffins made another hard charge late in the second set, Central was able to hold on to even the match with a razor-thin 27-25 win.

With the match tied, the Lady Wildcats began to make mistakes, and Dutchtown took full advantage.

Central committed seven errors, and the Lady Griffins’ Lauren Launey capitalized with four blocks as Dutchtown cruised to a 25-16 win.

Up 2-1, the Lady Griffins fell behind early in the fourth set, but they rebounded with an impressive 7-0 run late that allowed them to lock up a 25-19 victory in the set and a 3-1 win in the match.

Despite the loss, Central got a tremendous performance from Jordan Stephens as she led the match with 18 kills.

As for Dutchtown, Launey led the team with 11 blocks. She also added seven kills and three digs.

Thompson—last year’s District MVP— finished with a team-high 11 kills, along with three blocks and three digs. Kathleen Vasterling chipped in with seven kills and three digs.

The victory was the fourth in five matches for Dutchtown and improved their overall record to 10-4.

This week, the Lady Griffins will make the long trip to face Sam Houston on Saturday morning, followed by an afternoon clash with Barbe.