Ladycat spikers notch Big 8 victory over Monett

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Cassville Ladycats volleyball squad started an extra long week of action that had them playing a total of six games. The Ladycats started on Tuesday against rival Monett.

The girls earned the win in three sets. The first set Cassville took 25-21, in the second Monett battled back and won 21-25, but then the Ladycats would come through in the end, defeating the Lady Cubs 25-19 in the final set. Helping lead the team to victory were Katie Hynes with nine kills and 16 digs and Chelsea Corn with nine kills. Also Olivia Cline tallied 14 assists, and Abby Munoz totaled 11 service points, five of them coming as aces.

The JV team played Monett and unfortunately could not produce the same result as their varsity counterparts, losing to Monett, 7-25, 26-24, 23-25.

On Thursday night, the girls came back home for a showdown with highly regarded East Newton. In the first set Cassville could just not seem to get the ball rolling as they never got more then a two-point run up until the very end. East Newton took the first set 25-16.

Then in the second set the Wildcats seemed a lot more congruent as a team and the set went very much back and forth Cassville led for most of the way until the Patriots tied it at 17 all.

The Ladycats then proceeded to go on a 6-point run that would give them the lead and later the set by a score of 25-21.

The third and final set of the match was the most exciting. Cassville took the lead early, but East Newton battled back. The teams traded leads until finally the score sat at 22 apiece. It was then that the Lady Patriots were able to put together a three-point run to end it 25-22 and treat Cassville to a disheartening loss.

Statistical standouts for the Ladycats in the East Newton game were Hynes with two aces, 11 service points and 13 digs, Cline with 10 assists and Munoz with nine kills and one block.

"They are probably the toughest team in our conference," said Hynes

The junior varsity also fell to East Newton 19-25, 23-25.

This past weekend, Cassville competed in the Lori Endicott Invitational at Willard.

The tournament started on a winning note with the Ladycats defeating Salem 25-18, 26-24. During the rest of tournament play, Cassville fell to Willard 11-25, 13-25 and to Savannah 14-25, 13-25. In the final game of the tournament, Cassville tied Mt. Vernon 19-25, 25-19.

During tournament play, Hynes tallied 38 digs, seven service points, 10 kills and one block while Corn contributed 13 kills and Munoz had three aces, five service points, five kills and two blocks. Marti Richmiller had nine service points and 12 assists during the tournament, and Cline was credited with 33 assists, six aces and 10 service points.

The Ladycats now stand at 3-4-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big 8 Conference.

Next week the Ladycats are loaded up again as they play Mt. Vernon at home on Thursday and play in the Southwest Tournament on Saturday.

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