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MORAVIA — Whether ahead, behind or tied, the Blue Devils didn't lose composure.

Because of that, they picked up their second win of the season over the division rival Wolves.

Moravia volleyball defeated Union Springs in four sets Wednesday at Moravia High School. The Blue Devils won the opening game 26-24, lost the second 25-22, but then took the final two 25-14 and 25-22.

In the win, Moravia proved it can stay consistent whether the game is tight or decidedly in one team's favor. A late run by Union Springs in the fourth game didn't rattle the Blue Devils, and they were able to hang on for the win.

"They proved that if things get tough they could still come back and win," Moravia coach Heather Justian said. "They're learning to come together and talk together. These girls come out with a positive attitude. I told them to do what we do in practice and they did it."

Moravia's Sophia Amos recorded 11 kills to go with three aces, while Maddy Kelly finished with seven kills and four aces. Sarah Cuddeback posted a team-high 12 aces along with three aces and two kills, and Illeana Ramirez totaled five kills and four aces.

Defensively, Alethea Banerjee posted 19 digs.

For Union Springs, Jess Morgan recorded 12 points, eight kills, seven assists and three aces. Morgan Mudge had seven points and nine assists, and Grace Kime had seven points and three kills.

The first game between the two teams was neck and neck. Locked at 24-24, Union Springs thought it nabbed the lead until a close out-of-bounds call was ruled in favor of Moravia. The Blue Devils scored the final point to close it out.

The second was similar, though this time the Wolves were able to string together a nice run at the end and prevent Moravia from making it too interesting.

The Blue Devils bounced back in the third, fighting back from an 11-5 deficit to score 20 of the final 23 points for their biggest win of any game of the night. In the final frame, Moravia led from wire-to-wire, though Union Springs closed the gap to two points at the end to make the Blue Devils sweat. Maybe at the start of the season, that would've led to a different result.

"We started off the season a little slow," Justian said. "They had to learn a whole new rotation, a whole new offense and a whole new defense. Now I'm happy with where we're at and the girls are too. The girls are positive on the court and that's a big thing."

Moravia, which has already clinched a sectional spot, also maintains the division lead over the Wolves. The Blue Devils can clinch the division with a win over Dryden next week.

"The division is still a fight, but this keeps us in the lead," Justian said. "If we win our last games, we win it."

Both the Blue Devils and the Wolves return to action over the weekend at the Dryden tournament. Then on Monday, Moravia faces Dryden while Union Springs is home against Whitney Point.

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