Wildcats Best Eagles on Senior Night
During Senior Night ceremonies at Bob Burton Gymnasium Oct. 27, Paden City rolled to a 3-1 victory over Magnolia, 14-25, 25-15 and 25-23.
After dropping its first match of a tri with Williamstown and Magnolia, the ‘Cats were humbled by a very good Yellowjacket squad in straight sets, 25-12 and 25-13.
Kallie Arnett paced the’Cats with seven service points, four kills, two blocks and one dig, while Aubrey Neff tacked on five points and dished out five assists.
In addition, Maylanna Price provided four points and a dig, while Dezirae Middleton and Cydney Blatt each provided three points. Middleton would add four digs and Blatt tacked on three digs and a team-high five kills.
Abby Still dropped in three kills, while Taylor Cosper added two points, two digs and passed out four assists. Off the bench, Jenna Ferrebee and Madison Kelly each recorded a kill and a block for all the Paden City stats.
In the next match, Magnolia fell to the Lady ‘Jackets 20-25 in the opening set, but got its groove on beating Williamstown in the two sets, 25-21 and 27-25, to claim the victory.
“Any win is special, but this was Magnolia,” Paden City coach Fred King said. “We were the underdogs, but I like being it. We started out a little sluggish, but as the match went on we started to gain confidence, and it showed in our play.”
In the final match of the night, Paden City went right after their county rival, and scored the set’s first point when player got tangled up in the net. Neff then scored three service points, including an ace to give the hosts a 4-1 advantage after Taylor Ludewig powered in a kill to get the service back.
Evan Estep struck gold with a kill of her own for the Eagles, as well as Kelsi Chapman. Estep added one more to tie it up at four.
The ‘Cats Cydney Blatt recorded one of her two kills in the set to get the service back for Paden City, but her first serve landed in the net for a Magnolia point to knot it back up at five.
Chapman then gave the Eagles the lead for good with three straight service points. A little later, Paden City scored three straight points. After a Abby Still kill and a Maylana service ace, Kallie Arnett stuffed the Blue Eagles at the net that fell in for a point to pull the ‘Cats to a point at 10-9.
Ludewig knocked down a kill to get the service back, but Paden City won an outstanding volley to win back the service.
However, Cierra Fowler recorded her first of two kills in the set to give the service back to Magnolia. Ludewig then recorded an ace and Chapman laid down a beautiful dink that gave Magnolia a three-point cushion.
Blatt landed her second kill of the set, before Fowler got the serve back to the Eagles with another dink. Tylar Seckman and Evan Estep blocked a spike at the net that scored for the Eagles.
After a Arnett service ace, it was all Magnolia as Seckman and Chapman each landed an ace, while Evan Estep and Chapman each recorded kills to help give the Blue Eagles set one, 25-14.
Paden City won the second set, 25-15.
In the tiebreaker, the Eagles scored first, but Blatt landed a kill, but Fowler smashed a kill of her own, and topped it off with a service ace to give Magnolia a 3-1 lead.
Blatt landed two more kills, while Price landed an ace and Kelly a block to give Paden City a 6-3 lead.
After a block by Evan Estep and Logan Riggs, the service went back and forth till Fowler recorded two straight kills to help pull Magnolia to 11-8. Still and Fowler each recorded kills, before a Fowler block pulled Magnolia with in a point at 12-11.
The final push to the end was outstanding as both teams made outstanding saves and long volleys that had both teams knotted up at 23.
Price then recorded her second ace of the match and Taylor Cosper scored the game-winner with a pretty back row hit to give the hosts a senior night home victory.
The Eagles’ Chapman paced the Eagles with 13 points, two aces and six kills, while Ludewig netted seven markers, one ace and three kills. Bailey Estep and Fowler each recorded three points, while Bailey added 23 assists and Fowler two aces, a block and eight kills.
For the Wildcats, Price led the charge with 12 points, three aces and digs, while Middleton netted eight points, four digs and had a pair of aces. Neff followed with six points, 14 assists and five digs, while Kelly netted four points and a block.