The Cassville Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball squads, coached by Treslyn Pollreisz and Sherri Brooks, have started the 2008 season out strong. The eighth graders are currently 3-0 and the seventh grade team is 2-1.
The CMS eighth grade team recorded a 28-26, 25-20 win over Seneca, a 26-24, 25-21 win over Wheaton and a 25-16, 25-17 win over Monett.
Team leaders for the three games included: Keisha Corn, 6 aces, one kill and eight straight service points in the second win over Monett; Skylar Lowe, seven straight service points; Kimberly Orrell, five digs; Courtney Cornelison, two digs; Christian Willard, five aces; Shania Stumpff, one dig.
"The eighth graders have a great combination of front row net players and back row defense," said Coach Pollreisz.
This year, the team added two new players in Katie Hughes, middle hitter/blocker, and Skyler Branham, outside hitter. Last year, the eighth graders amassed an impressive 8-2 record.
"My expectations for this group are high, but I know they will rise to the challenge," Coach Pollreisz added.
The Cassville seventh graders defeated Seneca 25-21, 25-20 and downed Wheaton 25-23, 23-25 and 25-23 before falling to Monett 10-25, 25-20, 13-25.
Leaders for the CMS seventh grade team for those three games were: Sydney Curnes, five straight service points during games against Seneca and Monett; Kaitlyn Pitts, one dig; Callie Woolhiser, one dig; and Ashley Krallman, several good service passes.
"The grade continues to work hard," said Coach Pollreisz. "Passing is our weakness right now, but we are improving. Just learning the game of volleyball is the main objective for these girls. It can be overwhelming, but these young ladies are determined to get better."