Lady Wildcats fight hard, fall to Seneca
The Cassville Lady Wildcats (8-15-6) volleyball team fell in two sets to Seneca to open the Class 3, District 11 tournament on Oct. 28.
The Lady Wildcats dropped the first set 25-23 and fell 25-20 in the second battled the entire night.
The Lady Indians' team featured a very athletic front line in Mikalee Kime, Maranda Sparks and Rachel Butterfield that could all hit hard. Cassville's front row of Ashley Krallman, Jade Null and Lindsey Nolan didn't back away.
"I thought we played hard all night long," said Cassville coach Jennifer Nichols. "We didn't give up and fought until the end."
The scoring was a seesaw affair in the first set with neither team able to mount a run.
A Brittani Long service point and a Null kill gave the Lady Wildcats a 16-14 edge that they extended to a 23-19 cushion, prompting a Seneca timeout.
The Lady Indians came out of the timeout refocused and scored six-straight points to take the set.
Cassville was forced to play catch up in the second set with Seneca build small leads of 10-7 and 13-10 only to see the Lady 'Cats roar back to tie the game.
Seneca's tall front line finally established themselves with as the Lady Indians went on a 7-2 run to lead 20-15.
Cassville close to within 24-20 but could get not closer.
"We had seven seniors which meant so much to this program," said Nichols. "We will have several holes to fill next year and will have to work hard in the off-season.