Volleycats get first Big 8 victory
The Cassville Ladycats weren't sure if it would happen or not. After coming close a couple of times this year, the Ladycats finally broke through on Thursday, defeating Aurora 25-11, 20-25, 25-22 to win their first Big 8 Conference game of the year.
"Aurora was an exciting night for us." said Head Coach Mandy Henry whose team had to battle to stay in the game.
Cassville came out and won the first set 25-11 but became flat in the second. The Lady Houn' Dawgs capitalized and had Cassville down 13-24 in the second set, but the Ladycats fought back scoring seven points before Aurora could finish it out.
"I thought the girls played hard and showed a lot of character when we were down," said Henry.
Cassville used the momentum from that rally to spark them, and the squad went on to win the third set 25-22.
Cassville also played two other contests this week.
On Monday, the 'Cats traveled to Blue Eye and faced a team that had previously beaten them in the year.
Blue Eye would once again get the victory, but Cassville never gave up in the contest, falling 24-26, 25-21, 16-25.
Cassville also faced Lamar this week and seemed like they might pick up their first Big 8 victory there. The Volleycats won the first set convincingly 25-11, but then fell in the last two, 22-25 and 21-25.
Olivia Cline put up some big numbers this week to help out the Ladycats. Cline tallied 21 service points, eight of which were aces. She also put down 13 kills and put up 14 assists.
Marti Richmiller also had a good week. She tallied 27 assists, 13 kills, two blocks and two aces.
Others who helped contribute in this week's games included: Natalie Cline, Stephanie Sizemore, Airica Baker, Destiny Massey and Chelsea Addison.
"We are playing better team ball and are learning about each other," said Henry. "I think we're becoming a stronger team for the second half."
Cassville now moves to 4-13 (1-5) on the season. The Ladycats play this week at Monett on Thursday and then will host East Newton on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Both games start at 6 p.m.
The junior varsity team also competed this week picking up a victory against Blue Eye but losing to Lamar and Aurora. The team also took third place in the Diamond JV Tournament. Their record now stands at 4-9.