By Christy Sheets
The Wallace Wildcats competed in the Hayes Center Triangular on Tuesday, Sept.17. The Cats first opponent was the Hayes Center Cardinals.
The Wildcats struggled against the scrappy Cardinals, and the Cats lost.
The Cardinals were ready to defend their home court, and the Lady Cats looked tentative. The Cardinals refused to let down, and the Cats became frustrated and were plagued by mistakes. The Lady Cats lost the first set 20–25.
In the second, the Lady Cats tried to rally, but Cardinals continued to build momentum. Every time the Cats would get anything going, the Cardinals would rise to challenge. The Lady Cats lost the second set and the match 18–25.
Leading the team offensively against the Cardinals was senior Alexandria Lundvall (2 aces) with 9 points. Freshman Myah McConnell (1 ace) had 5 points, senior Sara Hubbard (1 ace) had 2 points, and freshman Maggie May had 1 point. Leading the team with set assists were Lundvall with 9, and junior Hayley Storm with 1.
Defensively, junior Christina Daniels led the team with 6 kills and 2 blocks. Storm had 2 kills and 1 block, and Lundvall had 2 kills.
When asked about this game, Coach Elizabeth Strand said, “We just didn’t play well against Hayes Center.”
She added, “I think we will be more focused when we return to Hayes Center next Friday.”
The Lady Cats then had to face the hard-hitting Tigers of Dundy County/Stratton. The Wildcats fought hard, and in the end the Lady Cats won 25–18, 17–25, and 25–23.
In the first set, the Lady Cats had something to prove after their loss to the Cardinals. The Cats were brutal at the net, and continued to dig, and their communication seemed greatly improved compared to their first match of the night. The Wildcats won their first set against the Tigers 25–18.
The Tigers were strong, and their intensity seemed to rise in the second set. The Wildcats, on the other hand, seemed to let down a little. Lack of communication and timing wouldn’t allow the Cats to build any momentum. The Tigers won the second set 17–25.
The third set saw both teams with a renewed sense of determination. The Lady Cats were able to take the early lead, but struggled to close the set. The Tigers rallied, and forced the Cats to step up and play hard. In the end the Wildcats were able to pull off the win against Tigers. The score of the final set was 25–23.
Leading the team offensively against the Tigers was Lundvall with 13 points (2 aces). Hubbard (1 ace) had 5 points, McConnell (1 ace) had 3 points, Daniels (2 aces), junior Mickayla Sheets, and May (1 ace) each had 2 points. Leading the team with set assists was Lundvall with 21, and McConnell with 1.
Defensively, Daniels led the team with 11 kills and 3 blocks. Hubbard had 5 kills and 2 blocks, senior Paige Aylward had 2 kills and 2 blocks, Storm hard 3 kills, senior Jaclyn Nelson and McConnell each had 1 block.
The Lady Cats will travel to Paxton to play in their tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 24, starting at 5 p.m., and on Friday, Sept. 27, the Cats will travel to face the Hayes Center Cardinals for the homecoming with play starting at 5:30 p.m.