By Christy Sheets
The Wallace Wildcats traveled to face the South Platte Knights on Thursday, Oct. 10.
The Lady Cats were ready to play and they started the match with momentum and intensity, taking the first two sets.
Toward the end of the third set the Lady Knights rallied, and the Wildcats struggled to get their shots to land in Knight territory.
South Platte was able to capture the third and fourth set to tie the match at two sets each. The Wildcats dug deep and played hard in the fifth and deciding set.
The Knights tried to continue their rally, but seemed tired and frustrated by the Lady Cats relentless determination.
The Wildcats won a thriller in five sets, with an ace by senior Alexandria Lundvall, bringing their fans to their feet, 25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 21-25 and 16-14.
When asked for a comment about the win, Wallace coach Elizabeth Strand said, “The girls had several chances to give up, but they stuck together and came back for the win against a very tough defensive team.”
She added, “It was a great, character-building win.”
Leading the team offensively against South Platte was freshman Maggie May with 11 points (three aces), followed by senior Sara Hubbard with nine points (two aces). Juniors Christina Daniels (three aces) and Mickayla Sheets (two aces) each had eight points, junior Morgan Messersmith had seven points (one ace), senior Alexandria Lundvall had six points (one ace), and freshman Myah McConnell had one point (one ace).
Leading the team with set assists was Lundvall with 43, followed by Hubbard, Sheets, and McConnell each with one.
Defensively, Daniels led the team with 24 kills and one block. Junior Hayley Storm had 14 kills, Hubbard had 12 kills, senior Jaclyn Nelson had one kill and two blocks, and Sheets had one kill and one block.
Wallace vs. Hitchcock Co.
On Friday, Oct. 11, the Lady Cats travelled to Trenton to face the Falcons of Hitchcock County. The Wildcats, pumped from a tough win the night before, were ready for the Falcons.
The Lady Cats dove for everything, refusing to let the ball hit the court on their side, and their hitters were firing on all cylinders. The Falcons tried to rally, but the Wildcats had all the momentum. The Lady Cats defeated the Falcons in straight sets, 25-7, 25-15, and 25-16.
When asked about the game, Strand said, “The girls played well, and they did a much better job of keeping their focus tonight.”
She added, “Our passing looked great, and it allowed us to run our offense”
Leading the team offensively against the Hitchcock County Falcons was Hubbard (two aces) with 15 points, followed by Lundvall with 12 points (three aces), and Daniels with 11 points (four aces).
Messersmith had eight points (two aces), and Sheets had two points.
Leading the team with set assists was Lundvall with 26, followed by Daniels and Sheets, with one each.
Defensively, Daniels led the team with 16 kills and five blocks. Hubbard and Storm each had seven kills, Nelson had three kills and Sheets had one block.
The Lady Cats played in the Potter-Dix Triangular on Monday, Oct. 14 in Potter. Wallace played Garden County and Potter-Dix.
The Ladies will play host on Friday, Oct. 18, to the Raiders of Medicine Valley starting at 5:00. This will be homecoming for the Lady Cats.