By Christy Sheets
CORRECTION: In the last publication, I foolishly credited kills to Paige Aylward. It was, however, junior, Paige Kerchal who had 2 kills in the South Platte game. I sincerely apologize to Paige and her family.
Garden Co. Triangular
The Wallace Wildcats competed in the Garden County Triangular in Oshkosh on Monday, Oct.12. The Cats first opponent was the Eagles of Garden County. The Wildcats dominated the Eagles to win, decisively, in straight sets 25-5 and 25-3.
When asked about the game, Coach Strand said, “Our girls played well. There was an unexpected junior varsity triangular, we lost a lot of our second string to that tri, so our starters saw a great deal of court time.”
Leading the team offensively against the Garden County Eagles was junior Shanice Harris with 18 points (4 aces), followed by junior Laura O’Brien with 7 points (1 ace), and senior Tarassa Swedberg with 6 points. Senior Katie West (1 ace) and junior Katelynn Hild each had 4 points, and junior Whitney Smith had 2 points.
Leading the team with set assists was Hild with 13, followed by O’Brien with 7, and senior Jena Aylward and sophomore Emily Hasenauer each with 1.
Defensively, Smith led the team with 8 kills, followed closely by Harris and Aylward each with 7 kills. West had 5 kills and 2 blocks, and Hild had 1 kill.
The Lady Cats then had to face the Coyotes of Potter-Dix. The Coyotes were ready for a tough fight, but the Lady Cats were just too tough. The Wildcats won the match in straight sets, 25-14, and 25-19.
When asked about the game, Coach Strand said, “We played well, and we are looking forward to the conference tournament.“
Leading the team offensively against the Garden County Eagles was Harris with 12 points (3 aces), followed by West with 8 points (1 ace). Hild and Smith each had 5 points (1 ace), and Aylward and O’Brien each had 1 point. Leading the team with set assists was Hild with 12, followed by O’Brien with 9.
Defensively, Aylward led the team with 9 kills and 3 blocks, followed by Harris with 6 kills and 1 block. Smith had 4 kills and 1 block, West had 3 kills and 1 block, Hild had 2 kills, and sophomore Brooke Hochstetler had 1 block.
The Lady Cats began their conference on Monday, October 19 in Wallace against the winner of the Wauneta-Palisade, Dundy County game. The Cats have a bye the first round.