MUNSTER | Blaire Barnett and her Munster teammates never look past an opponent.
However, Wednesday's Munster Sectional opener against Morton gave the Mustangs a chance to fine tune their games as the postseason unfolds.
Munster received a dominant performance out of Barnett, a junior setter, in a 25-5, 25-4, 25-13 win over the Governors.
"Blaire has an awesome sidespin serve that not a lot of players in the area have," Munster coach Tracy Summers said. "She can mix it up as well, which is nice. When she's on, it's pretty tough to stop."
Barnett was certainly tough to stop. She led Munster with seven aces and the Mustangs compiled 21 as a team, catching Morton out of position several times on serves.
"I always try hard to mix it up a little," Barnett said. "Tonight, it was fun to be able to try different things. I like serving because it's your own personal thing and you don't have to rely on other people."
Morton gave Munster (31-3) a much tougher third set, but the Mustangs limited Morton's attacking overall. Amanda Colvin led the Governors with three kills and five digs, while three other players had two kills.
Shannon Farrel had 10 digs and six aces for Munster, while Morgan Switalla led the Mustangs with 17 assists.
"Tonight's match, we used to work on some things we need to get better at," Summers said. "I think that we are a really strong team."
Munster advances to play Lake Central at 10 a.m. Saturday in one semifinal match. The last time the Mustangs and Indians met on Aug. 27, it was an instant classic, as Munster battled to a five-set win.
"Every year it's a nail-biter, a great game to watch," Summers said. "We've been working the whole season for Saturday. I feel a lot of confidence going in. It's coming in with that game face and playing fearless, which has been our motto all year."