STOVER — Strong finishes in both sets led Stover to a 25-18, 25-15 win against Northwest on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs finished off the first set with a 6-0 run and they scored the final 10 points of the second set.
Northwest’s Ashlynn Liebl got an ace to get the Lady Mustangs within 19-18 in the first set, but a Lacey Buck assist to Mallory Uptegrove later put Stover up by three.
The Lady Mustangs hit the ball into the net and a Stover ace made it 23-18. An Uptegrove kill finished the set 25-18.
“In the first set they did a very good job,” said Northwest coach Chelsea Gieselman. “We made some silly mistakes, covering errors and hitting errors, but they did a good job.”
Uptegrove led all players with 13 kills. She also had six digs and a block.
“They know who to feed,” said Stover coach Carrie Hewett. “They feed the beast and get going.”
The Lady Mustangs were able to keep it close for much of the second set, taking a 12-11 lead after winning a long volley.
Stover took a 14-13 lead when Northwest hit the ball out of play and the score got to a 15-15 tie before Stover’s 10-0 run.
Aliyah Mitchell’s kill put Stover up by two and Uptegrove later got two straight points to make it 20-15.
“We finally started passing the ball,” Hewett said. “We struggled big time in that first set and a little bit in the second set.”
Ashley Schroder then grazed the net with her serve, but it made it over for an ace.
Schroder finished with three aces and thee kills.
A Buck assist to Uptegrove later ended the set 25-15 to give Stover the 2-0 win.
Buck led Stover with 20 assists and seven digs.
The Lady Mustangs had stretches where they used a combination of blocks, kills and Stover mistakes to keep the score close, but they ultimately made too many mistakes themselves.
Northwest had trouble getting any offensive rhythm and it couldn’t handle Stover’s attack when the Lady Bulldogs got going on offense.
“We didn’t cover our spots,” Gieselman said. “It was a little rough. … We’re changing our rotation up a little bit. We’ve changed up some players.”
Megan Walk had 14 digs for the Lady Mustangs. Liebl had three kills and Allison Barnes had three blocks.
In the JV match, Northwest won the first set 25-22 and Stover won the second set 25-16.
Northwest will host Wentworth on Monday.
Stover hosts Lincoln on Thursday.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.