Wildcats Host Annual Volleyball Spikeout
PADEN CITY – The annual Paden City volleyball spikeout was held on Saturday with Magnolia, Frontier, St. Marys and Paden City all participating.
Each team playing two straight sets in pool play against each other to decide the seeds for the tournament. Magnolia and Paden City hooked up first with the Blue Eagles taking two straight from the host Wildcats.
Paden City then lost two straight to Frontier before defeating St. Marys 2-0. The Wildcats went into the tournament as the number three seed and fell 2-1 to the number two seed and eventual champion Frontier.
The Wildcats played competitive all day with close matches against Magnolia and Frontier which could have gone either way. Coach Fred King had nine girls play on Saturday with each one getting some valuable experience.
Aubrey Neff had a great day at the net, setting very accurately and keeping balls alive that would have hit the floor.
“Neff has really improved her game as a setter and her serving is where it left off last year, great and very consistent,” King said. “Kalle Arnet was the surprise for me today, her hitting has improved so much, her timing is getting better and she hits with a lot more power this right now.”
King also mentioned her blocking and jousting at the net are both better and she is playing with more confidence. He said Jenna Ferrebee had a good day also, noting her timing and hitting has improved.
“When she gets it right, she brings it with great force and her blocking has really improved,” King said.
Jenna Arnett looked good in the back row, digging several spikes and making some very good passes to the setter while playing in the back row. She also had some very good serves and a few blocks and kills too.
Kameron McClain played solid in the back row as well with several digs and making good passes to the setter. King said she is much improved.
“Katrina Heasley had a great day playing solid around the net, and she dug several spikes while also making very good passes to the setter while playing in the back row. She also was serving very good,” King said.
Chelsea Baker played in both the front and back row and picked up some valuable experience. Cora Anderson and Kiera Daugherty played in reserve roles on Saturday.
Paden City has a reserve team this summer which consists of sophomores Kiera Daugherty, Hana Hall, and freshmen Cora Anderson, Abbe Stackpole, Loren Little, Savanah Price and McKenzie Lewis.
Magnolia played excellent volleyball on Saturday and finished the tournament as runnerups after winning in pool play and getting the number one seed. Coach Pam Chapman has a nice group of girls coming back and could make another run towards Charleston. Chapman’s daughter Kelsi is one of the premier players in the valley and also looks to be one of the better basketball players as well.