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Thu. October 22, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

Mitchell volleyball coach Keith Paulk would be the first to say his Mustangs weren't much to look at when the season began.

"With an 0-5 start we were easy to overlook," Paulk said. "We had graduated everyone and we were starting from scratch."

Paulk also made it clear Thursday that to overlook the Mustangs at this point would be a mistake. Since that 0-5 start, Mitchell has gone 13-4.

Paulk said there was a lot of teaching in the beginning, but the second-half surge has been promising.

It's come from a good mix of player production. Devan Dampier leads the Mustangs with 136 kills followed by Alex Vollmers (126 kills). Shelby Wright leads the Mustangs with 148 digs followed by Sabrina Christofilis (120).

The Mustangs earned the No. 4 seed in the Class 4A, District 7 tournament next week at Hudson. With a win, they would advance to Wednesday's match against the top-seeded Cobras.

Paulk feels good about a potential rematch. Mitchell took Hudson to five games in an opening-night loss with leads of 1-0 and 2-1. The Mustangs are the only team in the district to take a game from Hudson.

igould@sptimes.com

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