Seventh grade CMS volleyball concludes busy season
The Cassville Middle School seventh grade volleyball teams concluded a busy season.
The seventh grade team, coached by Treslyn Pollreisz and Julie Cupps finished the year 6-11-2.
"We are very proud of this group," said Pollreisz. "Several of the girls had never really participated in an organized sport before, let alone one as complex as volleyball. I felt like they will only improve their skills and talents
The seventh grade Lady Wildcats opened the season visiting at the Seneca.
The Lady Wildcats started out very sluggish and had a hard time finding the momentum they needed to get something going. Seneca defeated Cassville 25-8, 25-10.
The Lady Wildcats traveled to East Newton. Brianna Hemphill had seven service points to help lead Cassville to a 28-26 win in the first set.
Great defense by Kamryn Jaques and Callie Beagle helped give the Black and Gold the edge and the match with a 25-18 second win.
The Republic Lady Tigers were the next opponent on Sept. 17.
This was the first time these two teams had played each other at the middle school level. The Lady Tigers' strong serving and pass play resulted in a 21-25, 18-25 match loss for the Lady Wildcats.
"Even though the result was not what we wanted, the Lady Cats really fought hard to stay in the game," said Pollreisz. "We did a great job passing and setting up the offense. Avery Brown had several nice sets."
On Sept. 19, the Lady Wildcats hosted Monett Lady Cubs. Hemphill kept Cassville in the game with some outstanding digs along with excellent serving by Brown.
Mental errors on the part of the Cassville caused them to fall behind in the first and second set late in the game, resulting in Monett taking the match 20-25, 23-25.
The Monett seventh grade tournament was held on Sept. 21.
Cassville played Monett and Aurora in pool play and went on to play Carl Junction in the semifinal game. The Lady Wildcats were defeated in two sets.
Cassville then played Mt. Vernon, winning the match in three sets to secure third place.
East Newton was the next opponent.
In the first set, Cassville came out ready to play. Damaris Taylor had two digs and Beagle collected two assists. The Lady Wildcats won the set 25-16.
In the second set, Brown served the first 11 points, four of which were aces, to give Cassville a significant lead of 11-1.
East Newton rallied back late in the set to close the gap to 23-19. A Lady Patriot missed a serve and passing error gave the Wildcats the set 25-20 and the match win.
Cassville traveled to Aurora on Sept. 30. After losing to Aurora in the Monett tournament, the Lady Wildcats came out ready to play but fell just short in the first set 22-25.
In the second set, Haven Brookes had two blocks and Beagle connected on six-straight serves as the Lady Cats won 25-22, forcing a third and deciding set for the match.
The two teams exchanged point-for-point when at 18-23 Aurora called time-out.
Brown closed the gap for Cassville with four service points to make the score 22-23. Aurora couldn't seem to convert and Cassville took the match 26-24.
Mt. Vernon invaded Cassville on Oct. 3. The Lady Mountaineers took the match 25-14, 25-18.
Cassville next traveled to Monett for their third meeting of the season.
Monett had previously beaten the Lady Wildcats in regular season play and split with them in the Monett Tournament. The Lady Cats came out strong in the first set behind Brown's serving but could not hang on, falling 20-25.
In the second set, Cassville put together solid plays to earn a 25-18 win and force a third set. Cassville struggled to get the ball in the air losing the deciding set 13-25 and the match.
On Oct. 8, Cassville traveled to McDonald County to face the Lady Mustangs in their first regular season meeting.
The two teams were evenly matched but the Lady Cats came away winners, 25-21, 25-20.
Aurora was the next opponent. Cassville played a good solid game but Aurora, who the Lady Cats had beaten once before, would not let that happen again and took the match 20-25 and 16-25.
The Big 8 tournament was held at Aurora.
The Lady Wildcats faced Carl Junction, Monett and Mt. Vernon in pool play.
Cassville beat Monett, split with Mt. Vernon but was defeated by Carl Junction.
The Black and Gold faced Seneca in the semifinal bracket and were defeated in the third place game by Aurora in straight sets.
"Consistency was the area that this team struggled with the most," said Pollreisz. "Although we saw many of those matches result in a loss, the girls always worked hard to score."