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By Cindy Glasson
Reporter Photographer 

Lady Cats to host tourney


September 27, 2018

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Kelly Johnson jumps up to send the volleyball flying over the net during the Lady Cats' match against Douglas Saturday.

Lady Bobcat volleyball was busy last weekend with two home games, Friday against Buffalo and Saturday against Douglas.

Although they dropped both matches in three games, coach Shannon Hill said she saw a lot of positives coming off the weekend.

"We focused a lot of our practices this week on serve/receive, therefore we struggled a little bit with our offense," she said. "Our unforced errors were what lost this match (Buffalo) for us.

"We are very evenly matched with Buffalo, but could never quite get in our rhythm due to our errors."

The Lady Cats had 20 hitting errors, which is a lot considering they only lost by a total of 14 points.

Hill said the positive take away though is the offense is fixable.

"We have the athletes to get the job done," she said, "we just need consistency."

Scores vs. Buffalo were 21-25, 20-25 and 20-25.

Sesi Jensen let the team with eight kills and 13 digs. Kelly Johnson added six kills to the stats and Ashley McPhie dropped in 10 digs.

Saturday, the girls hosted Douglas and Hill said they just had a rough match with them last week so the turnaround by the girls in one week was fun to watch.

"Our goal was to go out and have some fun and show Douglas that we can play volleyball, and we did," Hill said. "We gave the number one team in our conference a match."

Defense was great on Saturday and made it a very high intensity match to watch. The offense struggled a bit again, so they've been working on that this week in anticipation of Homecoming and their home tournament.

"Although we didn't get a win," Hill said, "we came out of the weekend knowing exactly what we need to work on and that we can play with a team like Douglas and that every team is beatable for us if we can find out consistency."

Scores vs. Douglas were 16-25, 15-25 and 22-15.

Johnson had five kills and 2.5 blocks against Douglas while McPhie added 18 digs to her record.

Kaylee DeVries and Elisa Weber both added three aces each and Weber added 12 digs. Dani Jo Pebbles had 13 assists and 11 digs.

The Bobcat Invitational will begin in the high school gym at 2 p.m. on Friday and play will continue through Saturday.


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