|The Lady Cats falter in bid for title|
By Christy Sheets
The Wallace Wildcats made their way to Grand Island for the state tournament on Thursday, Nov. 14.
The Wildcats were the number eight seed, and their opponent was the number one seeded Vikings of Bertrand with the match taking place at Grand Island Northwestern.
In the first set the Wildcats started out slow, and a bit intimidated. The Lady Cats were clearly nervous, and struggled to get into a rhythm. Slowly they began to gain some confidence, but it was too late. The Vikings closed the set 25-8.
In the second set the Lady Cats were ready to retaliate, taking the early lead. Junior Christina Daniels rallied the Cats, and with a service run, she gave the Cats their largest lead of the match. The Vikings were scrappy and refused to go away quietly, and unfortunately the Vikings rallied to win the second set 25-17.
In the third set the Wildcats tried to regain their momentum from the second set, but the hard-hitting Vikings refused. The Wildcats worked hard, and they refused to give up, but nothing would go their way. The Vikings were too tough, closing the set and the match 25-15.
When asked about the game, Wallace coach Elizabeth Strand said, “I’m very proud of the season the girls put together.” She added, ”Unfortunately, our nerves took us totally out of the first set. The girls did come back and play much better in the second and third sets.”
She continued, “I think we gained some valuable experience and it will help us next year.“
Leading the team offensively against Bertrand was junior Christina Daniels with five points (two aces) followed closely by juniors Mickayla Sheets and Morgan Messersmith each with three points. Freshman Maggie May had two points, and senior Sara Hubbard had one point.
Leading the team with set assists was senior Alexandria Lundvall with 12, followed by Sheets and freshman Myah McConnell each with one.
Defensively, Daniels led the team with nine kills. Senior Paige Aylward had two kills and one block, junior Hayley Storm had three kills, and Hubbard had one kill.
The Lady Cats had a winning season with 16 wins and eight losses.
The highlights of the Lady Cats season was their subdistrict and district wins against Hayes Center, Wauneta-Palisade and Paxton.
Leading the team in points is Lundvall with 185, followed by Hubbard with 142.
Leading the team in service percentage is Sheets with 96.5 percent, followed by Messersmith with 93.8 percent and May with 91.2 percent.
Leading the team in set assists is Lundvall with 579 for the season.
Leading the team with kills is Daniels with 359, followed by Storm 161, and Hubbard with 103.
Leading the team with blocks is Daniels with 58.5, followed by Aylward with 18, Storm with 14, and Hubbard with 10.