Wildcat volleyball team wins six of last seven matches
The Lady Wildcat varsity volleyball team at Paden City has accumulated a record of 20 wins and five losses over the last several weeks of play against some tough opponents.
“I’m very pleased with our team,” said head coach of the Lady ‘Cats, Fred King.
“They’re working hard and I think our games show that. We had seven matches in four days and won six of those, and that ain’t bad. We’ve been busy, let’s just say that.”
On Sept. 29 at John Marshall the Lady Wildcats took the loss to the Lady Monarchs in two close sets, 23-25 and 21-25. Amber Palmer led the green in serving points with 13. Alli Bertozzi scored four; Amber Sellers, three; and Megan Cutlip, one.
Bertozzi had seven kills in the game while Amanda Tallman added three.
Sellers had 27 good sets and 14 assists, Palmer set the ball 26 times and had four assists.
Against Wheeling Central, the Lady ‘Cats were on their game, winning in three sets, 25-21, 18-25 and 25-22.
Dominique Craft scored 12 points and had three aces in the contest; Megan Cutlip and Palmer each scored six; Sellers and Tallman added three point apiece.
Sellers set the ball 33 times and had 25 assists, Palmer had 32 sets and 14 assists. Bertozzi hand 24 strong arm kills in the contest.
On Sept. 30, Paden City played host to Bishop Donahue and handed the Lady Bishops the loss, 25-15 and 25-20.
Palmer led the team in scoring with 11 points. Sellers scored seven, Bertozzi, five; and Craft and Cutlip each served up three each.
Sellers had 28 good sets with 12 assists, and Palmer had 24 sets and nine assists.
Bertozzi was credited with 12 kills in the game, Amanda Tallman, eight and Craft, one.
The ‘Cats also took the win over Parkersburg Catholic in two, 25-22 and 25-17. Everybody got in on the scoring in this one with Craft and Sellers leading the way with eight points each. Palmer had five points; Bertozzi and Cutlip, three each; and Tallman, two.
Sellers set the ball 29 times and had 15 assists; Palmer had 29 sets and 11 assists. Bertozzi led the team in kills with 16, while Tallman had six; Craft, two; Palmer, one; and Amanda Heasley, one.
At Linsly on Oct. 1 the Lady Wildcats continued their winning ways with a win over the Lady Cadets, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-19.
Leading scorers in the game for the Green and White were Tallman, Palmer and Craft, each with nine points apiece. Bertozzi and Cutlip added six each; Sellers scored five; and Heasley, one.
Sellers set the ball up 40 times in the match and had 22 assists while Palmer had 39 good sets with 14 assists. In the kills department, Bertozzi led the way with 20. Craft had six kills; Heasley and Cutlip, four each; Tallman, two; and Palmer, one.
“This game is a perfect example as to why we use the two setter system,” King said. “It just seems to work better for us.”
Playing at Beallsville on Oct. 5, the Lady ‘Cats fell to the home team in three sets, 21-25, 18-25 and 15-25. Craft led the visitors scoring with eight, followed by Heasley, six; Tallman, three; Sellers and Palmer, two; Kelsey Loy and Jongrak Khunisorn with one each.
Sellers set the ball 25 times and had 10 assists; Khunisorn had 16 good sets and three assists; and Palmer set the ball three times.
With the OVAC tournament looming on the horizon, coach King says his team will begin serious prep work for that series of games soon. “We’re not looking over any teams to get there, but still, we need to prepare.”
“We haven’t turned the corner on our season yet, and I haven’t started cracking the whip yet, but we still have some things to get done and to work on.”
The Lady Wildcats will play at River on Oct. 8 and at Clay Battelle on Oct. 13.