TRINITY — Devon Felts’ jump serve was just about unstoppable Tuesday night.
With her Mitchell teammates captivated by her serves — including four straight aces in the second game — Mustangs coach Keith Paulk thought his girls were watching a little bit too much. But in the end his squad rolled past an upstart Wesley Chapel squad 25-20, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17.
“I’m really nervous when I go up the first couple times,” Felts said of jump serving. “The next couple times I get more confident and get more power behind it.”
After Mitchell (9-5) took the first game 25-20, the second game featured Felts’ spectacular jump serving, in which she collected five of her eight aces . Wesley Chapel (2-8) though would not make it a short night for Mitchell, as the Wildcats battled back and took a hard-fought third game 25-23 .
The Mustangs came back with renewed energy in the fourth game to take a 18-8 lead on the feisty Wildcats. Wesley Chapel climbed back within 23-17 but would get no closer.
Felts led Mitchell with 12 kills and senior Devan Dampier finished with six.
“It’s not just a hot streak. It was a hot serving streak,” Paulk said. “And the thing is to get the rest of their game not relying on the hot serving streak. We did a pretty good job settling down.”