MUSCATINE, Iowa – Rachel Beatty’s stomach eagerly looked forward supper late Tuesday night.

Whatever she ordered from the half-price late night appetizer menu at Applebees during the team’s post match meal was sure to taste very good, even more so after Muscatine dominated its season-opening match against Davenport Central.

Muscatine took control from the start in rolling to a 3-0 win in Mississippi Athletic Conference play at the Muscatine High School Gym.

The Muscatine junior volleyball was unable to eat much before her first varsity start as the Muskies’ setter.

“I didn’t eat anything all day and I had a lot of butterflies in my stomach,” Beatty said.

Beatty settled into her new role quickly in Muscatine’s 5-1 offense.

“Any junior starting for the first time playing in a 5-1 is going to be nervous beforehand,” said Muscatine coach Claire Rhoten.

Beatty dishing out 22 assists in all.

It was a pretty big game for her,” Rhoten said. “She did better than we expected her to play.

Beatty’s passes found the ready hands of Muscatine’s attackers all night long.

“She did very well,” said Megan Beauchamp.

Muscatine was coming off a tough practice on Monday. They started slow, Beauchamp noted, but finished the final tuneup before Tuesday’s opening night match well.

“I didn’t think we’d start as well as we did,” Beauchamp said. “We had a rough start to practice Monday, but we ended it well.”

Katie Shoultz led Muscatine’s offense with nine kills, while Beauchamp and Alex Walgren each added seven kills. Walgren added 16 digs and was 15-of-17 serving. Kaylee Jones added 13 digs.

UP NEXT – Muscatine is back in action a week from Saturday hosting the Muscatine Invitational.