Wildcats sweep Cavaliers
Published: Thursday, September 13th, 2012
If you were looking for peace and quiet the night of Sept. 6, the Custer Armory was the wrong place to be. The Wildcats swept the game, defeating the St. Thomas More Cavaliers 25-21, 27-25 and 25-7, improving their record to 10-1.
While the ’Cats scored the first point of the game in the first match, the Cavs quickly racked up points ahead of a shaky Custer.
“I thought in the first match our nerves showed,” said coach Renae Schneider. “We gave them a lot of free points with our errors. Key missed serves and net errors cost us.”
The Wildcats soon changed that and rallied points, eventually beating the Cavs in the first match. The second match was much closer, with a back and forth game throughout most of the match.
“I think the girls were so excited that they won that first match that they were not as focused to take care of business right away,” Schneider said.
Custer’s energy was high during the last few points of the second match, thanks to the back row defense and a key kill by Moe Mack. Mack was six of seven serving with two aces, five of nine hitting with two kills, and 10 of 10 receiving with eight digs.
Catlyn Cordell followed Mack’s lead by serving a service winner and an ace to end the back and forth match. She was 14 of 15 serving with six aces, eight of nine hitting with one kill, four of four receiving and setting and had two digs.
“I like to see a few of those close matches so the girls have the experience of competing under pressure like that,” Schneider said. “I think the girls believe in their skills, but know a lot of it is mental and they all have to play together to be successful.”
Lisa Lovoll also helped in the second match, delivering key kills that helped rally the team to its 27-25 finish. Lovoll was 11 of 11 serving with four aces, 19 of 24 hitting with nine kills, 13 of 14 receiving with 13 digs and one solo block and block assist.
Co-captain Tia Goebel also helped the team with great setting. She was 43 of 45 setting with 18 assists and seven digs. Goebel was also 14 of 14 serving with three aces and seven of nine hitting with two kills.
With St. Thomas More struggling and feeling defeated, Olivia Dahlstrom took advantage of the moment to serve ace after ace. Dahlstrom was 14 of 19 serving, with eight aces, nine of 10 hitting with two kills, 10 of 11 receiving with five digs and had one assist.
“Once she finally figured out her toss, she had a good stretch of serving!” Schneider said. “When we started out the third game with strong serves, you could read the body language of STM and the fact that their key leaders were frustrated and that affects the whole team and we were able to take advantage of that.”
Sierra Davies was 15 of 18 hitting with five kills, two of two receiving with one assist, two digs, seven solo blocks and one block assist. Kayla Halbmaier was eight of nine serving with one ace and nine of 13 receiving with three digs. Jade Spring was three of four receiving with one dig while Lacey Harkin was four of four hitting and one of one receiving with one dig.
Schneider wants the team to continue moving forward.
“I was pleased with our intensity and focus to start the game out,” she said. “Now, we just need to build from this game and not be satisfied.”
During the next week, the Wildcats will host two games: Lead-Deadwood on Thursday, Sept. 13, and Newcastle, Monday, Sept. 17. They will also have one away game against Edgemont on Saturday, Sept. 15.
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