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By Cindy Glasson
Reporter Photographer 

Lady Cats finish season


November 9, 2017

The Lady Bobcat volleyball team finished their 2017 season with an up and down trip to the Regional Tournament in Newcastle.

The girls played Douglas first, and according to coach Shannon Hill, it was the best they have played against the Lady Bearcats. They came in ready to compete, which Hill said is a positive sign at the end of the season.

Unfortunately, the girls dropped three to Douglas, 14-25. 19-25 and 18-25.

Mary Ryan racked up three kills and an ace during play and Emmie Coyne had five kills of her own. Haley McDermott was on the ball, too, with 14 assists.

The Lady Cats dropped into the losers bracket, taking on the Wheatland Bulldogs.

“This truly was the best volleyball I had seen my girls play all season,” Hill said. “We ran a fast and effective offense, and out defense never once let down.”

The first game was a close one, but the girls stepped up their game and never settled, which Hill said she was very proud of them for, playing with confidence and competitiveness.

The Cats won in three, 25-23, 25-17 and 25-11.

Ryan added eight kills, two aces and one block to her stats while McDermott put down three aces, nine digs and 20 assists. Sesi Jensen had six kills and two blocks and Alex Russell added an ace and nine digs to her credit.

The Lady Cats just couldn’t get past Torrington’s Lady Trailblazers to move on to state.

“We unfortunately fell short, losing all three games to Torrington,” Hill said. “I could tell the girls wanted to win so bad they were almost over-compensating at the net.

“We made too many errors in the end and couldn’t quite pull it off.”

In spite of the loss, Hill said she is proud the girls proved, not only to the crowd and their opponents, but to themselves as well that they can and will compete at the 3A level.

Kelly Johnson had four kills against Torrington, followed by three kills and one block by Jensen, three kills and three aces from Ashley McPhie, three kills and six digs from Ryan, topped off with one ace and 14 assists from McDermott.

“I would like to thank all of the players and their families for their constant, unwavering support this season,” said Hill. “It was a great year that showed so much improvement, and although we will miss our seniors terribly, we look forward to another great season next year.”

Haley McDermott finished out her senior year of volleyball action by being chosen as one of the All Conference players for 2017.


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