VolleyCats shoot down Eagle team

Monday, September 18, 2006
Lady Bobcat Katie Tennant, No. 11, faked a set, then returned a quick shot to the Union Christian team during play on Tuesday, catching the visitors off guard. Tennant had 56 sets in the match and added 23 good serves in the four games. The team traveled to Huntsville for games on Thursday. David McNeal/Carroll County News

BERRYVILLE -- The Lady Bobcat volleyball team thrilled its fans and Coach Kristin Smith Tuesday when the varsity earned its second win of the season in a shootout with new 1-3A member Union Christian Academy.

The VolleyCats dropped their first game to the Lady Eagles, 17-25, then came back to take three-in-a-row, including a tension-racked 25-23 fourth game. They were 2-4 overall after the match, 2-3 in league play.

"We played with more intensity, were talking and backing each other up, and were setting and hitting the ball," Coach Smith said. "Union Christian was a decent team, but we kept our intensity.

"It was a great win. We needed this. We've been so close in our last games, maybe this will put us over the hump. We had a great crowd and that helped a lot. Coach Bishop let the football players out so they could come."

VARSITY ACTION

17-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-23

Berryville didn't get its serves going the first game, recording just 18 good ones, and only had 11 kills.

"We weren't ready to play," Coach Smith said.

Katie Tennant continued her solid setting with 13 and had a kill, Heather Eaves had 3 kills, Emily Ray 1 kill, Ashley Edens 4 kills, Megan Gibbins 2 kills, and Hailey Russell 6 good serves.

Game two was closer, but this time the VolleyCats had 23 good serves and that set the tone for the rest of the match. Tennant had 11 of those serves, Eaves 6, Ray 3, Gibbins 4, and Russell 3, and the team got 3 spikes from Edens, 2 from Ray and 1 from Eaves.

In game three, Coach Smith told the girls to get an early lead, then have fun and win, and they did.

"We came out strong and got a lead," Smith said. "Katie Tennant had 10 good serves. We really served great. And Emily Ray was spiking the ball."

Tennant added 10 good sets, setting Ray up for her 5 kills. Eaves added 2 kills, Edens a block, with the team recording 23 good serves in the game.

In the fourth and final game, Coach Smith said, "It was back and forth the whole game. Emily Ray got seven kills, and near the end, Ashley Edens hit five good serves in a row.

"We lost our serve, got it back, and Megan Gibbins hit three big serves to give us 24 points. Union Christian got the serve back but missed it, giving us the final point and the match."

Tennant had 22 sets and 4 kills, Eaves a dig and kill, Ray 7 kills, Krystal Changus 6 digs, Edens 6 kills, and Russell 2 digs.

JV- 18-25, 23-25

"It was a pretty even match between the two teams," Coach Smith said. "We played hard, just didn't win. I was proud of the girls."

In game one, Hailey Russell had 7 good serves, and Jordan Edwards and Hayley Minney 2 kills each. In game two, Jessica Costner had 3 good serves and a kill, Tori Wilson 7 good serves, and Ashley Matney 2 digs.

JUNIOR HIGH UPDATE

In Tuesday's action, the Lady Bobcats ran into a bear of a team from Union Christian, a group that Coach Smith said "looked like a high school squad. We played better, played well, but it was hard to tell against them."

Berryville lost 15-25, 13-25, with Jessie Phillips hitting 9 good serves in the match, Chelsea Parker 6 serves and 3 digs, Candice Eaves 5 good sets, and Elise Holman 2 kills.

Monday at Harrison

Two eighth-grade games and a ninth-grade game were played. The Eighth-B team lost 6-15, 7-15. The Eighth-A team lost its first game 10-25, then won its second game 27-25 before falling 3-15 in the third and deciding game.

The ninth-grade team won the first game 25-15, but lost the match 22-25, 11-15.

"They all played great in the ninth-grade game," Coach Smith said. "We lost our intensity at the end and got out of sync. We could have won that one."

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