The Lady Mustangs played some of their strongest volleyball at a tournament Saturday at Osseo.

The Melrose-Mindoro squad didn’t come home with any wins, but it improved throughout the day and also played some of its best combined offensive and defensive effort against Whitehall, Mel-Min head coach Jamie Koss said.

“They were playing defense well and running an offense.  When we keep the intensity and momentum, we can play with the best,” she said.

“They really improved throughout the day and proved what they can do.”

The Lady Mustangs started off the tourney against Augusta, where they lost 25-11 in both the first and second sets to take the loss. Mel-Min went on to face the Independence squad, which topped the Lady Mustangs 25-21, 25-19.

The team then played host Osseo and took another loss, but Mel-Min started playing stronger against Stanley-Boyd in the next contest, Koss said.

Stanley-Boyd won the first set 25-8 and the second 25-18, but the Lady Mustangs began to show improvement in that second frame.

The team rounded out the day against Whitehall, where Mel-Min fell in closer sets (25-19, 25-16).

“The girls progressed throughout the day during the tournament.  They played an awesome second set against Stanley Boyd and stepped up and showed their potential,” Koss said.

“Against Whitehall they also played amazing.”

Trissa Patterson led the Lady Mustangs with 14 total kills on the day, and Abby Aasen added 13. Devin Lockington had seven kills and Miranda Jones tallied another four.

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Patterson was 100 percent in serving against Augusta, Independence and Whitehall, Jones went 100 percent against Independence, Osseo and Whitehall and Gretchen Yang was 100 percent against Augusta, Independence and Osseo.

Jordan Paisley was perfect serving against Independence and Osseo, Aasen was against Augusta and Lockington was against Independence.

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Mel-Min also faced Independence in a regular match earlier last week, where the Lady Mustangs lost in three sets.

Mel-Min lost the first set 25-21, the second 25-17 and the third 25-16 to take the loss.

“They started off the first set very strong and were up for a long time and then let it slip,” Koss said.

“When we get down, we can’t seem to pick ourselves back up at times.”

Patterson led the Lady Mustangs with four kills and eight assists and Aasen added three kills and three blocks. Jones had two kills and three assists and Megan Murray tallied two kills. Jones and Aasen each went 100 percent in serving on the night.

The Lady Mustangs received a No. 13 seed for the WIAA tournament and were scheduled to face off against No. 4-seeded Fall Creek at Fall Creek Tuesday.

The winner of the match is slated to face the winner of the Cadott (No. 5) and Blair-Taylor (No. 12) match Thursday night.

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