Cassville volleyball Falls to Mt. Vernon on Senior Night

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Mt. Vernon Lady Mountaineers spoiled senior night, Oct. 21, in Cassville by sweeping the volleyball Wildcats in straight sets 25-16, 25-20.

The Cassville volleyball team honored their senior volleyball players before the match as seniors Jade Null, Lindsey Nolan, Jasmine Owens, Ashley Krallmen, Paige Stockton, Mikala Deffenbaugh, Sydney Curnes and their parents were recognized prior to the first serve. But from then on, the Lady Mountaineers, especially outside hitter Laynie Dake, made things tough for Cassville.

Dake, only a sophomore, not only led the Lady Mountaineers in kills with 10, but also in digs, getting 15 while playing through the whole rotation.

Cassville started the match hot, despite having starting middle Britani Long out with an ankle injury. The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a quick lead in the first set behind kills from Kelsey Roney and Krallman. But Mt. Vernon would catch up to tie the game 6-6 as Dake, Morgan Hull, Savana Swan, and Maddi Brown all picked up kills.

Then Dake would catch fire, notching four kills, the final one coming on a solo block to give Mt. Vernon a nine-point lead at 18-9. Null would keep the Wildcats in the set with a pair of kills, but Mt. Vernon would hold them off and close out the set on a tip from setter Mackenzie Farmer.

The Lady Wildcats fought even harder in set two as solid defensive play from Null and Curnes helped Cassville forge an 11-11 tie.

Mt. Vernon would try to pull away, getting a pair of kills from Dake, Hull, then three from Swan. But kills from Null and Krallman, and an ace by Krallman kept Cassville in the game at 20-18. But a 4-1 run from Mt. Vernon put Cassville behind the 8-ball at 24-19. And a service error from Cassville would seal the win for Mt. Vernon.

Despite the loss, Cassville head coach Jennifer Nichols was pleased with her team's effort.

"Especially in the second set, we showed a lot of heart." said Nichols. "I think sometimes they don't have enough confidence in themselves. They don't think they can get to some things, but tonight they did."

Null led Cassville with five kills and 10 digs, while Nolan had 15 assists. Roney also had five kills to tie Null for the team lead.

Cassville has already more than doubled their number of wins from last season, and Nichols is looking to keep improving as the team approaches district play.

"We're just trying to keep that mentality that every ball that is on our side shouldn't hit the floor without someone going after it," said Nichols. "We need to control our side, play our defense, and just try to work on our game mentality."

In the JV game, Mt. Vernon defeated Cassville in three sets 2-1.

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