Ladycats improving with each match

Thursday, September 18, 2008
Junior Olivia Cline places the ball over the net during the Ladycats' home game against Carthage last Thursday night. Cline has been a leader on the Cassville volleyball squad this season. So far, she has tallied 36 digs, 10 kills, 36 assists, 16 aces and two blocks in six games. Action Sports Photo/Robert Hoppie

The Cassville High School volleyball team is still looking for its first win of the season, but according to Coach Mandy Henry, her players have improved drastically since the beginning of the season and that initial victory is right on the horizon.

In the first two weeks of play, Cassville has fallen to McDonald County (16-25, 15-25), Seneca (22-25, 25-13, 15-25), Monett (6-25, 17-25), Carthage (13-25, 21-25), in regular season play and lost to Winona (20-25, 18-25), Willard (17-25, 14-25) and Savannah (18-25, 15-25) in the Willard Invitational Tournament. The Ladycats also tied Mt. Vernon 25-18, 20-25 at the tourney.

"We just try to outwork our opponents and make smart decisions," said Coach Henry. "I think that the girls are fun to watch, and you won't see a group with more heart. I am proud of each one of them."

Individual players statistics to date for six games (excluding Carthage) are as follows: Olivia Cline, 36 digs, 10 kills, 36 assists, 16 aces and two blocks; Marti Richmiller, 12 digs, 23 kills, 19 assists, three aces and three blocks; Chelsea Addison, eight digs; Emily Pry, four blocks; Naomi Beck, three kills, two aces and four blocks; Emily Orrell, eight digs; and Risa Darveaux, eight digs.

Coach Henry said her squad made a very good showing at the Willard Tournament.

"This is a very tough tournament and we competed," said Henry. "We had several parents from other schools and officials compliment us on our improvement."

The junior varsity squad is 1-3 for the season and the third team is 1-2.

The Ladycats will host East Newton on Thursday before entering the Southwest Volleyfest this weekend.

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