The Aurora Lady Houns made it clear which side of the rivalry was the strongest in Tuesday's meeting with Mt. Vernon, sweeping the Lady Mountaineers in straight sets, 25-12 and 25-9.
After Mt. Vernon won the first point of the match, the Lady Houns came back to take the lead quickly in the first set on a kill by sophomore Brooke Bellamy. But the Lady Mountaineers kept it close, staying within two points of the Aurora lead for much of the first 20 points of the set.
A couple of Aurora blocks, however, helped the home team pull away, and Aurora would only allow four more points to close out the game by a score of 25-12.
The Lady Houns got off to an even hotter start in the second game after some good defense on the first volley allowed Bellamy to eventually put away the first point. Aurora would win the first four points before Mt. Vernon could score.
From that point, the Lady Mountaineers could score only a point or two at a time against the home team, as Aurora's big hitters -- including junior Julia McVey and seniors Baylee Husmann and Emily Moore -- took over the match. A block by Husmann eventually ended the second game with Aurora taking it 25-9.
The win was the ninth straight in regular season play for the Lady Houns, their only losses on the year coming in tournaments and in the season opener against Carl Junction. Coach Skye Wade's team improved to 17-3-1 overall on the year with the Big 8 Conference victory.
Aurora will participate in the Mt. Vernon tournament this weekend before traveling to Clever on Monday. The Lady Houns will then return home on Tuesday for another conference match against Lamar.