Cassville falls in district play

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Senior night. Chuck Nickle Photography Cassville High School honored its senior volleyball players before the start of the Oct. 16 contest against Aurora. Picture from left, are: Callie Woods with parents Kevin and Vicky Woods, of Shell Knob; Christina Willard with parents Preston and Sherry Willard, of Washburn; Courtney Parnell with parents Lance and Suzy Parnell, of Cassville; Rhiannon Miller with parents Russ Miller, of Sulphur, La, and Sarah Street, of Cassville; Ali Hanson with parents Brad and Jennifer Hanson, of Cassville; and Keisha Corn with parents Gary and Renea Corn, of Cassville.

The Cassville Lady Wildcats' 2012 volleyball season ended with a 25-17, 25-10 loss to Hollister in the quarterfinals of the Class 3, District 11 tournament on Oct. 22.

"Hollister is a very good team," said Cassville coach Jennifer Nichols. "We struggled with their front line height. I was proud of the way we battled, but they are a tough team."

The Lady Wildcats never found rhythm on the offensive side of the net.

Keeping it in play Democrat Photo by Jared Lankford Cassville senior Courtney Parnell keeps the ball alive during a rally against Hollister in the district volleyball tournament.

Hollister jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first set and held on for the 25-17 win.

The Lady Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the second set, but hitting errors proved to be their undoing.

The Lady Tigers responded with a 16-3 run to take control of the contest, and they coasted to a 25-10 victory.

Making it look easy Democrat Photo by Jared Lankford The Cassville Lady Wildcats battled the Hollister Lady Tigers in the district volleyball tournament on Oct. 23. Senior Rhiannon Miller stayed busy for the Lady Wildcats. Miller finished the game with one kill and one ace.

"This season was about growing and getting better," said Nichols. "We have four juniors and a sophomore returning next season. We need to keep playing in the off-season and get stronger."

Lindsay Nolan led the Lady Wildcats with eight digs, three assists and one kill.

Ashley Krallman and Rhiannon Miller finished with one kill and one ace apiece.

Cassville finished the season 2-16-5.

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