"Look Mom, no sleeves!"
|Cassville's Jerry Schneider had a week to prepare for Thursday's home volleyball match with East Newton. After getting drilled by Carthage, Schneider was looking for a change in attitude on his young team.|
|When Cassville's varsity squad was introduced, they ran out wearing the "throwback" jerseys from years past -- the sleeveless tanks. The black on black tops and shorts, mixed with the bright gold socks, were quite a change from the traditional longsleeve look. But judging from the way the Ladycats played, they might be wearing them for a long time.|
|Cassville swept East Newton, 25-21 and 25-20 to improve to 3-2 on the season.|
|"It was a real good win," Schneider noted after the game.|
|Cassville played strong defense, limiting serve opportunities for the Lady Patriots and making some mini-runs on offense. The Ladycats ground out an 11-point lead in the first game, 22-11, thanks to timely serving by Brittany Clark and a gravity-defying block by Risa Darveaux.|
|Cassville had the serve, leading 24-17, but watched that lead dwindle as East Newton's Whitney Thomlinson caught fire with her serve. The Ladycats finally prevailed, 25-21.|
|In the second game, Cassville rode Darveaux's hot serving streak to an early 11-2 lead. The Lady Patriots chipped away, pulling within three at 18-15, but would get no closer. Cassville closed out the match with the 25-20 final.|
|Schneider called this "a battle between two evenly matched teams" and applauded his girls for being more aggressive and more efficient.|
|Darveaux and Rachel Sanders both had four kills for the Ladycats, while Emily Pry led in blocks with four. Riley Wilks chimed in with 12 assists.|
|The Ladycat JV squad also won in straight sets.|
Cassville is scheduled to play in the Diamond Tournament this weekend.