Volleyball keeps perfect EMO mark intact

By: 
Alan Brake

Senior Hailey Hill looks to hit the ball during Saturday’s action at the Troy Invitational.

The Montgomery County volleyball team played 3 matches last week, winning 2 of them.  On Monday, Sept. 23, the Lady Wildcats hosted Owensville in a non-conference match and lost 2 sets to 0 (25-22, 25-21). On Tuesday, Sept. 24, they played at Centralia and won 2 sets to 0 (25-12, 25-16) in an Eastern Missouri (EMO) Conference match. On Thursday, Sept. 26, they played at Wright City in another EMO Conference match and won 2 sets to 1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-21).

With these wins, Montgomery County’s overall record improved to 7-3, including a 5-0 mark in the EMO Conference.

The Lady Wildcats played in the Troy Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28. 

This week, the Lady Wildcats play in the 64th Annual Hermann Invitational. They will play 3 matches in pool play this Tuesday, Oct. Their first match will be against Hermann at 4 p.m. Their second match on Tuesday will be at 7 p.m. against Washington, followed by their third match of the evening at 8 p.m. against Union.

The Lady Wildcats must win at least one of these matches to qualify to play this Thursday, Oct. 3, in the trophy round. 

Centralia match

Montgomery County scored 5 points in its first service turn of the first set (Kelsey Koch serving) to take a 5-1 lead, and the Lady Wildcats never looked back. The Lady Wildcats’ defense held Centralia to scoring only 1 point on 3 of its 9 service turns. Offensively, Montgomery County scored at least 1 point on 5 of its remaining 7 turns, including a 7-point service (Anna Shaw serving), which led to a 25-12 win for the Lady Wildcats in the first set.

The second set was much closer, as Montgomery County led Centralia 14-13 after the first 6 service turns for each team. However, the Lady Wildcats then had a 3-point service (Koch serving), a 4-point service (Sarah Cluver serving) to take a 23-16 lead.  After the Lady Wildcats kept Centralia from scoring on its next service to make the score 24-16, they scored the winning point on their next service (Taylor Flake serving) to win the set 25-16.

Wright City match

This match was close through all 3 sets, with Montgomery County losing the first set before came from behind to win each of the final two sets, win the match, and maintain the Lady Wildcats’ undefeated EMO record.

Wright City used three 2-point service turns and a 4-point service turn to take an 18-11 lead after the first 7 service turns for each team in the first set. The Lady Wildcats then had consecutive 3-point services (Cluver and Flake serving, respectively) to cut Wright City’s lead to 20-18. However, Wright City outscored Montgomery County 5-3 the rest of the way to win the first set 25-21.

Montgomery County fell behind 7-4 early in the second set, but then had a 3-point service (Flake serving) and a 2-point service (Shaw serving) to tie the score at 10-10. After falling behind 14-12, the Lady Wildcats tied the score at 15-15 with 3-point service turn (Abigail Boyd serving).

Montgomery County then outscored Wright City 9-6, which ended with a finishing 4-point service (Shaw serving) to come away with the 25-21 win in the second set, and send the match into the deciding third set.

As in the first two sets, Wright City jumped out to the early lead at 9-6 after the first 3 services for each team. The Lady Wildcats then took a 13-10 lead on a 7-point service (Shaw serving), only to have Wright City retake the lead at 20-18 over its next 5 services.

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