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Lady ‘Cats take runner-up prize at OVAC tournament

By Staff | Oct 21, 2009

The Paden City Lady Wildcat volleyball team played for OVAC accolades last week but came out just short of the win.

On Oct. 17 the second seeded Lady ‘Cats faced off with third seed, Morgantown Trinity Christian in the OVAC semi finals and took the game in two sets, 25-20 and 25-19.

Senior Alli Bertozzi led the Wildcats with 15 kills in the game followed by team mates, Amanda Tallman with four; and Amber Palmer and Dominique Craft with three each. Top scorers were Amanda Sellers with 10, Tallman, six; Craft, four; and Megan Cutlip, three. Sellers had 25 sets and 19 assists; Palmer was credited with 20 sets and six assists.

“We did very well in this game, and it went much as we expected,” said head coach of the Lady Wildcats, Fred King. “They had a couple of girls who gave us a little trouble, but we adjusted our play, and won.”

Against St. Johns Central in the finals for the OVAC single A crown, Paden City gave it all they had, but just came up short of the win against St. Johns Central.

“This was without a doubt, our best match of the season,” said King. “They bested us earlier in the year, but we’ve got better since then. Of course, they got better too, so it was a good match.”

St. Johns took the win 24-26 and 18-25.

Bertozzi had 19 kills in the game; Craft scored 11 points; Sellers had 32 good sets and 16 assists; and Palmer had 22 sets and eight assists.

“I was very happy with the way our kids played,” said the coach. “Of course, we would have loved to have won, no doubt about it. But I have to say that the better team on that day won the game. St. Johns was solid all the way around.”

“It was great competition for both teams which will serve us well for the sectional play- offs coming up.”

The Lady Wildcats saw action at Tyler Consolidated on Tuesday and will play Parkersburg Catholic on Oct. 27.