Finally coming together

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Cassville’s Avery Cain, left, and Lady Wildcats Coach Briana Kleine, right, celebrate a point victory on Thursday in a win over East Newton. Jared Lankford/

Cassville volleyball figuring things out on the court

At first glance, a 3-14 record may not be something to brag about.

However, when it comes to Cassville volleyball, the three wins is something that the team has worked hard this season to achieve.

Hit hard by graduation, Coach Briana Kleine set out to essentially rebuild her roster this season.

With several new and young faces, combined with an exceptionally difficult schedule, the team has made strides, and with a win over East Newton on Thursday, the Lady Wildcats proved to the coach that the hard work is paying off.

“I think the leadership in our second set really pushed our girls forward [to win],” Kleine said. “We were making some silly errors, and I had some girls step up and say that we are better than this.”

Kleine’s approach to the season has been to get six girls to play as one unit. As the season has progressed, she believes the group is buying into that philosophy.

“I think the girls trust each other now,” Kleine said. “Our offense tonight is what carried us tonight. It has been a long time coming with putting our offense together, and tonight we were able to attack.”

With just two players returning that had varsity experience, the Lady Wildcats have had a season where five of the six starters had no experience to the varsity setting.

“I think we are just now getting that team chemistry down,” Kleine said. “That has come from just playing matches together, and that is where I have seen the most growth of this team. They love being around each other, and I see that now fueling us each night that we play.”

Cassville continues to take an eyes-forward approach to their season, and the team is focused squarely on taking the next step in development.

“I think our biggest focus is winning the games that we have left in conference and on our schedule,” Kleine said. “We had a really tough schedule to start the season and prepare us for conference play. We have to take it conference game by conference game and fight for wins.”

Cassville hosts McDonald County on Thursday night.

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