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Wallace Lady Wildcats win RPAC tournament PDF Print E-mail

By Christy Sheets

Sports Writer

 

The Wallace Wildcats competed in the RPAC Conference on Monday, Oct. 18 in their home gym. The Cats were the first seed for the west division, so their first round was a bye. 

Wallace vs. Paxton

Their first opponent was Paxton, who defeated Wauneta-Palisade Broncos in the match prior. This match was a battle from the start, neither team wanting to relinquish the lead. Once the Lady Cats settled down and played, the Cats won the match in three sets, 26-24, 25-15, and 25-14.

In the first set, the Tigers took the early lead, but driven by their hometown crowd, Wallace quickly closed the score six to six. The Tigers were tough, and the Cats seemed to be battling nerve, as the set went back and forth with neither team allowing the other to really dominate the set. 

The Cats were methodical, and slowly started to settle down and build a lead 22 to 20, but Paxton refused to let them run away with the set, taking the lead 23 to 24.

The Cats took time out to regain their composure, and after some encouragement from the bench, the Cats scored the next three points to end the set 26-24.

In the second set, the Cats started out with the early lead six to three. The Tigers clawed their way back into the set 11 to 11, but the Lady Cats started to build confidence and momentum, and they denied the Tigers from ever taking the lead. 

A five-point service run from senior Katelynn Hild ended the set 25-15.

In the third set the Lady Cats were out for blood. Senior Laura O’Brien opened the set with a 10 point service run to give the Cats the early lead 11-1. 

After that the Cats dominated the court, as a tired Tiger team slowly conceded the set. The match came to a close with the Lady Cats leading 25 to 14.

When asked about the game, Coach Rohde said, “Once we relaxed and started to play, we played really well.” 

Leading the team offensively against the Paxton Tigers was senior Laura O’Brien (one ace) with 19 points. Senior Shanice Harris had seven points, seniors Katelynn Hild (one ace) and MaKayla Gardner each had six points, senior Paige Kerchal had three points, and senior Whitney Smith and junior Emily Hasenauer each had one point. 

Leading the team with set assists was Hild with 22, followed by O’Brien with 11, and Smith with one.

Defensively, Gardner led the team with 11 kills and six blocks, followed closely by Smith with 12 kills and one block. Junior Brooke Hochstetler had five kills and two blocks, and Harris had six kills.

Wallace vs. Dundy Co.

Because the ladies won the second round, they had to play in Trenton on Tuesday. Their opponent in the RPAC semifinals was Dundy County (C2). The Lady Cats won their semifinal match in straight sets 25-19, 25-18, and 25-21.

When asked about the game, Coach Rohde said, “We played real well.” He added, “Dundy County is a very good team.”

Leading the team offensively against Dundy County was O’Brien with 14 points (two aces), followed by Kerchal and Smith each with nine points (one ace). Hild had six points (two aces), Gardner had three points (one ace), and Harris had one point. 

Leading the team with set assists was Hild with 14, followed closely by O’Brien with 13, Harris with three, and Gardner with one.

Defensively, Gardner led the team with 12 kills and three blocks, followed closely by Harris who had nine kills and three blocks, and Smith who also had nine kills. Hochstetler had six kills and one block, O’Brien had three kills, and Hild had one kill.

Wallace vs. Southwest

Then it was off to the final round against Southwest (ranked third in C2). This was battle from the start. The Cats took the first two sets, and Southwest rallied to take the third. 

The Lady Cats pulled together to win the forth and final set and the match, 25-12, 25-16, 17-25, and 25-14.

When asked about the game, Coach Rohde said, “The girls played awesome tonight!” He added, “We made big plays at the right times, and beat a tough Southwest team.”

Leading the team offensively against Southwest was Gardner with 16 points (seven aces), followed closely by O’Brien with 14 points (two aces). Hild had seven points, Kerchal had five points, Smith had four points, and Harris had two points. 

Leading the team with set assists was Hild with 20, followed by O’Brien with 15, and Harris and Gardner each with one.

Defensively, Gardner led the team with 14 kills and 4 blocks, followed closely by Harris who had 13 kills and one block, and Smith who had nine kills and three blocks. Hochstetler had six kills and two blocks, and Hild and O’Brien each had two kills.

Wallace vs. 

Eustis-Farnam

On Thursday the Lady Cats traveled to face Eustis-Farnam. The Lady Cats were ready to play and won, decisively, in straight sets 25-11, 25-14, and 25-15.

When asked about the game, Coach Rohde said, “The girls played really well tonight. We passed the ball and that made the rest of our game go well.” 

Leading the team offensively against Eustis-Farnam was Harris with 14 points (two aces), followed closely by Gardner with 11 points (four aces), and O’Brien with nine points (three aces). Smith had seven points and Hild had six points (one ace). 

Leading the team with set assists was Hild with 18, followed by O’Brien with 12, and Hasenauer with one.

Defensively, Gardner led the team with 11 kills and two blocks, followed closely by Smith with 11 kills and one block. Hochstetler had five kills and three blocks, Harris had six kills and one block, Hild had five kills, and O’Brien had three kills.

Next Action

The Lady Cats faced the Broncos of Wauneta-Palisade at Wauneta on Tuesday, Oct. 26.