Volleyball Action Detailed
The Paden City Lady Wildcats started the 2009 volleyball season with a loss to Monroe Central, but bounced back to win the second match against Linsly, in a tri in Paden City Sept. 2.
Against the Lady ‘Noles, Paden City’s kills were off there mark, taking them to a 25-19 loss. Although the Lady Cats improved in the second set, they could not stave off Monroe, who prevailed 26-24 in overtime.
Alli Bertozzi led the way with 17 kills, eight digs and five points, while Amanda Sellers tallied seven points and had nine digs. Dominque Craft scored seven points and added four digs, while Amanda Tallman netted four points and four digs. Amber Palmer contributed six digs.
In match two, the Lady Wildcats responded and took the lead, but the Lady Cadets stormed back to force overtime, which Linsly won 27-15.
The next set was all Paden City as the ‘Cats clawed their way to an easy 25-15 victory to set up the third and deciding set. Once again, it was all Paden City as they captured a 25-18 victory to even the record at 1-1.
Bertozzi was in exceptional form as she drilled a season-high 20 kills. In addition, she had four aces and scored six points to lead the Wildcat attack. Tallman scored a game-high 12 points, while adding five kills. Craft chipped in six points, five digs and five kills, while teammate Palmer led in scoring with seven points and four digs. Sellers and Amanda Heasley tallied five and four points, respectively, while freshman Hillary Cutlip got into the act with four digs.
The Wildcats hosted Bellaire St. John and Valley in a tri-match Sept. 3, losing the opener to St John, but came storming back to knockoff Valley in match two.
In a close battle with the Lady Irish, the ‘Cats were just a slam and a dig away from taking the first set. But Bellaire would have none of that and went on to win 25-20 in the opening match. The second set was just as interesting, but in the end, it was St. John winning 25-18.
Bertozzi led the way with 12 kills and four points, two of which came via service aces. She also chipped in two blocks. Tallman nailed down 10 kills and had one block for Paden City, while Craft chipped in with four kills. Palmer led all Wildcat scorers with five points, while Cutlip added four.
In the second and final match, Paden City flew out to a commanding lead and coasted to a 25-11 victory. The ‘Jills turned the other cheek and took an 8-2 advantage before the Lady ‘Cats woke up and nipped Valley 25-22 to get the nod.
Tallman scored 10 points to lead all PC scorers, with one coming from a service ace. Bertozzi had nine kills and Cutlip added three more. She also marked up three points, two of which were by service ace.
For the ‘Jills, Carla Mason led the way with 13 points and three digs, while Rachel Ice added six points that included a service ace, 12 sets and had five digs. Tiffany Hayes added five points, two digs, blocked two shots and scored a kill. Leah Morris scored all five of her points on service aces and added four sets and three digs.
The Valley Lumberjills took on St. John on Sept. 2 in Bellaire and again at Paden City on Sept. 3, losing both matches.
Leading the way was Morris with a total of 17 points, five blocks, five digs and 10 sets combined in both matches. Kristin Wolfe had a total of 19 points, including three service aces, seven digs and three kills. Rachel Ice contributed 17 points, including two service aces, 28 sets and 10 digs. Carla Mason chipped in with 14 points, including an ace, eight digs and a blocked shot.
In only one match against St. John, Ashley Staley scored nine points, while adding four sets and five digs.
The Lady ‘Cats host the Beallsville Blue Devils Sept. 10 in their next match, while Valley will entertain Beallsville tonight and Madonna Sept. 10, with all matches starting at 6 p.m.
No stats were available from Magnolia.