By Christy Sheets
The Wallace Wildcats played host to the Medicine Valley Raiders on Friday, Oct. 18 for homecoming.
The Raiders were a formidable foe, but the Lady Cats were determined to defend their home court on homecoming.
The Lady Cats wanted the win and passed well, refusing to let the ball fall on Wallace’s side. The Raiders tried to rally, but in the end the Wildcats were just too tough.
The Lady Cats won the match in straight sets, 25-18, 25-17, and 25-21.
When asked about the game, coach Elizabeth Strand said, “It was a great win at the end of a long week.” She added, “Glad we can carry this week’s momentum into the RPAC tournament.”
Leading the team offensively against the Raiders was Morgan Messersmith with 13 points (four aces), followed by Christine Daniels (two aces) and Mickayla Sheets (one ace) each with eight points.
Sarah Hubbard had five points (one ace), Lundvall had four points, and Maggie May had two points.
Leading the team with set assists were Alexandria Lundvall with 30, and Sheets with one.
Defensively, Daniels led the team with 14 kills and one block, followed by Hayley Storm with eight kills. Mackenzie Aylward had three kills and two blocks, Hubbard had three kills, Sheets had two kills, and senior Jaclyn Nelson had one kill and one block.
Wallace vs. Potter-Dix
The Wallace Wildcats competed in the Potter-Dix Triangular in Potter on Monday, Oct. 14. The Cats’ first opponent was the Coyotes of Potter-Dix. The Wildcats started the match a bit flat.
The eerie quiet of the gym, and the low ceiling seemed to mess with the Cats ‘timing. The Wildcats dropped the first set, but really seemed to wake up and rally. The Lady Cats defeated the Coyotes 16-25, 25-19 and 25-15.
Leading the team offensively against the Coyotes was junior Morgan Messersmith with 12 points (two aces), followed by junior Mickayla Sheets with seven points (one ace). Senior Alexandria Lundvall had (three aces) five points, senior Sara Hubbard had (one ace) four points, junior Christina Daniels had three points, and freshman Maggie May had two points.
Leading the team with set assists were senior Lundvall with 15, and Sheets with one.
Defensively, junior Hayley Storm led the team with 11 kills and two blocks, followed by Daniels with six kills and three blocks. Hubbard had five kills, and Sheets had two kills.
Wallace vs. Garden Co.
The Lady Cats then had to face the Eagles of Garden County. The Eagles were ready for a tough fight, but the Lady Cats were just too tough.
Unlike the first match of the night, the Lady Cats were ready to play, and refused to give up. The Wildcats won the match in straight sets 25-19, and 25-17.
When asked about the night, coach Strand said, “It was great to pick up two wins.” She added, “We played much better in the second game against Garden County after coming out flat against Potter-Dix. We also did a good job of working as a team.”
Leading the team offensively against the Garden County Eagles was Lundvall with eight points (three aces), followed by Sheets with five points (one ace). May had four points (three aces), and Daniels (two aces) and Messersmith each had three points. Leading the team with set assists was Lundvall with 10.
Defensively, Daniels led the team with eight kills and four blocks. Hubbard had four kills, Storm had two kills and Sheets had one block.
The Lady Cats began conference play on Monday, Oct. 21, in Paxton against the Maywood Tigers.
They will then face the Tigers of Paxton in second round if victorious.