As the leaves start to fall and colder temperatures arrive, the Cassville volleyball team's season comes to an end. The Ladycats have been fighting to get over .500 all year and looked to do it with the last week of regular play and the district tournament coming up.
On Monday, Oct. 16, the girls took on top rival Mt. Vernon. Cassville would start sluggishly as Mt. Vernon beat the 'Cats in the first set 25-8. Then Cassville would show that they could play at a higher level as they would take the second set 23-25.
In the third set, the Ladycats would not be able to do quite as well and the Lady Mountaineers went on to take the game 25-18 and win the match.
Cassville leaders were: Marti Richmiller, eight assists and three blocks; Chelsea Corn: six kills and one ace; and Katie Hynes: 15 digs.
The JV also played the Mountaineers and lost in two sets: 25-10, 25-18. Emily Orrell recorded one block and six digs in the contest, and Airica Baker tallied one block and four kills.
The Ladycats would get right back into the action Tuesday, playing the Aurora Lady Houn's. Aurora took the first set 25-9. Cassville put up more of a fight in the second game, but it would not be enough, as Aurora won the set 25-18.
Several players had strong games, including: Abby Munoz: with five kills and one ace; Corn with five kills and one ace; and Hynes, 19 digs and one ace.
The junior varsity team would do better against Aurora, taking the Lady Houn's in three sets: 20-25, 25-23, 17-25.
JV leaders were: Belinda Long, 16 digs, seven assists and three aces; Baker, three aces and one block; Whitley Willard, five kills; and Natalie Cline, one block.
Cassville played its final game of the regular season at home on Thursday against Seneca.
The girls would battle tough in this game, but Cassville eventually lost to the Lady Indians in three games.
In the first game, Seneca would just barely edge the 'Cats 25-21. Then in the second, it would be Cassville's turn to get past the Indians, winning 25-21. In the last game, Seneca was able to bounce back and put the Ladycats away with a 25-17 victory.
Corn had a big night with 16 digs. Olivia Cline added nine assists and two aces, and Hynes was credited with eight kills. The Ladycat junior varsity team would also find themselves down early, falling 25-13 to Seneca in the first game. Cassville rallied to defeat the Lady Indians 23-25 and 21-25 and win their last match of the season.
Leading the JV team were: Long, 13 assists; Orrell, four aces and 11 digs; Natalie Cline, one block and six kills; Baker, six kills; and Willard, one block.