By Christy Sheets
The Wallace Wildcats began
their bid for the state tournament on Monday, Oct. 31 in Grant.
The Lady Cats were the number one seed in their sub-districts, and they earned a bye in the first round.
The Lady Cats’ first opponent, in the second round, were the Maywood Tigers, who bested the Raiders of Medicine Valley in the first round.
The Lady Cats and the Tigers had one prior meeting this season, and the Cats were victorious.
This time the Tigers wanted revenge, they started out strong, and won the first set 13-25. The Lady Cats rallied back to win both the second and the third set, 25-19 and 25-16.
In the fourth it was the Tigers’ turn to rally, and they took the fourth set 22-25.
The Lady Cats struck first in the fifth, but the Tigers were just too tough. The Lady Cats ended their season, losing the fifth set to Maywood 13-15.
Leading the team offensively against Maywood was Emily Hasenauer with 14 points, followed by Anna Griffiths with 12 points, and Brooke Hochstetler with 11 points (one ace). Sara Hubbard and Chelsea Sowle each had five points (two aces), Katelyn Melton had three points, and Danica Messersmith had two points.
Leading the team with set assists was Griffiths with 17, followed by Hasenauer with 11, Messersmith with two, and Hochstetler with one.
Defensively, Sowle led the team with nine kills and 10 blocks, followed closely by Hochstetler with 15 kills and one block. Melton had six kills and three blocks, Hubbard had five kills, and Griffiths had two kills.