Shaw sets for big year for Wildcats

By: 
Theo Tate

Montgomery County senior setter Anna Shaw gets introduced before the Wildcats’ road volleyball match at North Callaway on Sept. 3. THEO TATE PHOTO

Before the Montgomery County volleyball team began its 2019 season, it found a new setter.

It was Anna Shaw.

“We had an amazing setter (Paige Oden) who was a senior and she graduated,” Shaw said. “So someone had to step up.”

Shaw enjoyed an outstanding first season as the Wildcats’ setter, recording 275 assists, helping MCHS win its second Eastern Missouri Conference championship and earning first-team all-conference honors.

The year before, Shaw was the Wildcats’ libero. She said she liked her new position.

“I like that I can control a little bit what happens (on the court) and if I’m on my game, then I can help my hitters be on theirs, too,” said Shaw, who led the Wildcats in digs in the 2018 season.

This fall, Shaw is looking to end her high school volleyball career in style. She’s one of four seniors on the MCHS squad.

“I would love to get the conference championship again,” Shaw said. “We’ve done it the last two years in a row, so I think we could definitely get it again.”

Shaw recorded 21 assists in the Wildcats’ season-opening win over North Callaway. MCHS won 25-13, 25-17, 25-10.

“I was so nervous, but I was really ready for it,” Shaw said. “It’s my senior year and it’s my last first game, so it’s really exciting to be out here and be with my team again.”

The senior said she was thrilled to return to the court this fall even though the team is playing under the coronavirus pandemic.

“We were really worried that we weren’t going to get a season at all,” she said. “We had some players get quarantined because they were exposed to someone who had it, so we were really scared that we weren’t going to get to play our first games.”

Last year, Shaw finished in double digits in assists 14 times, including a season-high 24 assists in the Wildcats’ regular-season finale against Wright City. She joined Taylor Flake – another senior – and Hailey Hill on the all-conference team.

Shaw has been playing volleyball since fourth grade.

“I love the teamwork that involves and you really have to make a family whenever you play volleyball,” Shaw said. “I love the competitiveness. I love volleyball.”

The senior also competes with the MCHS cross country team. She helped the Wildcats finish fourth at the New Haven Invitational on Sept. 5.

“It’s a little rough, but I know that whenever I come out here and practice volleyball, it keeps me in shape for cross country,” Shaw said. “Sometimes I go home after practice and run to get a few miles in to balance it out.”

 

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