The Lady Cats’ volleyball team has now opened district play with three straight losses. They had hoped the sight of the home court would turn things around after two road losses but a good Greenville Lady Lions’ team had other ideas Friday (Sepotember 28) in Wildcat Gym. The Lady Lions captured a fifth set, 15-7 to take the match, 3-2.
The Lady Cats got off to a good start and took set one, 25-22. Greenville bounced back to take set two, 25-18. The third set was one the Lady Cats seemed to have under control but it ended up slipping away. The Lady Cats led 22-17 and 23-22 but the Lady Lions took the final three points to win it, 25-23. The Lady Cats played well in set four winning, 25-18 forcing the fifth and decisive set. Set five was tied at 4-4 when Greenville began to pull away. Lady Cats Volleyball Coach Justin Maness said the Lady Cats have painted themselves into a corner with the 0-3 district start.
He said he is an optimist and he believes his team can still turn things around. Coach Maness said the key is for the team to believe that they can do it. Lady Cat senior Autumn Tanton continues to play incredible volleyball. Tanton had a team high 23 kills in the match. It made Coach Maness wonder if 23 kills might be a team record. Coach Maness said Sadie Stoud also played well with 29 digs. Lexi Whisenhunt had a team high 45 assists. Tanton was also credited with 3 block solos and one block assist.
The Lady Cats season record is now 24-10. The Lady Cats hope to break into the win column in district play at Mount Pleasant next Tuesday night.
Lady Cats Stats versus Greenville
Kills- Autumn Tanton 23 Abbi Baier 12 Sydney Washburn 6 Madi Vickery 6 Sadie Washburn 5
Erika VanBenthem 3 Lexi Whisenhunt 2
Assists Whisenhunt 45
Digs Sadie Stroud 29 Maddie Millsap 12 Taylor McElfresh 8 Tanton 7 Whisenhunt 5 Sadie Washburn 3 Baier 3
Block Solos Tanton 3 McElfresh 1
Block Assists Sydney Washburn 3 Sadie Washburn 1 Tanton 1 Baier 1Whisenhunt 1 Vickery 1