By Christy Sheets
The Wallace Wildcats competed in the Paxton tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Cats first opponent was the Broncos of Wauneta-Palisade. The Broncos were tough, and they were determined to hammer home a victory. In the most frustrating match of the season, the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos won in straight sets 25-19 and 25-20.
Leading the team offensively against Wauneta-Palisade was junior Mickayla Sheets with five points (one ace). Freshman Maggie May (one ace) and junior Morgan Messersmith each had three points, and senior Sara Hubbard had two points while senior Alexandria Lundvall, junior Hayley Storm, and freshman Myah McConnell each had one point.
Leading the team with set assists was Lundvall with 13.
Defensively, junior Christina Daniels led the team with eight kills. Storm had two kills, Hubbard and senior Paige Aylward each had one kill.
Wallace vs. Potter Dix
The Cats’ second opponent was the Coyotes from Potter-Dix. The Wildcats started out strong, determined to improve on their night. The Lady Cats won the first set, and were leading in the second, but they allowed the Coyotes back into the match. In the end the Wildcats were able to defeat the Coyotes in three sets 25-13, 16-25 and 25-22.
Leading the team offensively against the Coyotes was Lundvall (three aces) with 12 points, followed closely by Daniels (seven aces) and Hubbard (four aces) each with 11 points. McConnell (one ace) and Sheets each had two points.
Leading the team with set assists was Lundvall with 17, followed by McConnell with one.
Defensively, Daniels led the team with 12 kills and five blocks. Hubbard had two kills, and Lundvall and Storm each had one kill and one block.
Wallace vs. Hayes Center
On Friday night the Wildcats traveled to face the Hayes Center Cardinals for their Homecoming. The Lady Cats started out strong; ready to make a statement. The Cardinals battled back and forced the Cats to dig deep to win a tough set. The second set saw the Cardinals working hard to even the match, taking a close set. The third set saw a repeat of the first, but the Cats played hard and refused to let the Cardinals gain any kind of a lead. The Wildcats took the third set.
After two tough sets the Cardinals seemed deflated as the Wildcats continued to build momentum. The Lady Cats led the Cardinals 24-9, but the scrappy Cardinal team battled back for 10 consecutive points. Senior Paige Aylward finally forced the ball to the court on the Cardinal’s side, giving the Lady Cats the win. The Lady Cats defeated the Cardinals, in four sets 25-17, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-19.
When asked about the match, Coach Elizabeth Strand said, “It was a great game.” She added, “We adjusted well to changes within the team, and it was a great win for the Lady Cats.”
Offensively, Lundvall led the team each with 20 points (six aces), followed by Hubbard who had 12 points (three aces). Messersmith (one ace) and Sheets each had six points, May had four points, and Daniels (one ace) had two points. Leading the team with set assists was Lundvall with 45, followed and Sheets with two.
Leading the cats defensively Friday night was Daniels with 18 kills and five blocks, followed by Storm with 14 kills. Hubbard had seven kills, Aylward had five kills and four blocks, Sheets had two kills, Messersmith had one kill, and Lundvall, the setter, had one block.
The Lady Cats will host Brady and Maywood at the Wallace triangular on Tuesday, Oct. 1, starting at 5 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 4 the ladies will host the Brady Eagles again for parents’ night.