Bad news for Henrietta volleyball fans, the varsity Lady Cats have fallen to 0-2 in district play. The good news? The team is now past its staunchest rivals in round one of District 5-AA action.
Saturday, Henrietta fell to Nocona, ranked seventh in state. Tuesday night, it was Holliday, ranked eighth.
“We’re doing okay. We’re just a little young, but right now, it is starting to come together,” said Henrietta Head Coach Rachelle Kabisch. “We’ve played the two toughest teams right off the bat.”
The Lady Cats continue district play Friday, Sept. 30, hosting City View.
“I really haven’t seen them much, just scores,” said Kabisch of the Lady Mustangs. “We should be okay against them, as long as we keep peaking and not play in the valley.”
While the Lady Cats lost to Holliday in three sets, it was far from a blowout by the Lady Eagles. Henrietta managed to keep within a few points of the Holliday’s until late in each match, 17-25, 17-25, 19-25.
In the first match, Henrietta held Holliday to a 6-6 tie on an ace from Heather Hicks. After Holliday regained the lead, Kayelyn Wheeler pulled Henrietta back to within two points of a tie on a pair of kills. It would not be enough as Holliday pulled away, landing a kill for match point.
In the second, Henrietta gave itself a two-point lead early on, but Holliday picked up the pace and, with a few kills and an ace, rebounded to an 18-12 lead. In the time it took for two Lady Cat kills – both from Joyana Zamzow – the Lady Eagles had run the score up to 21-14. A Henrietta hit into the net ended the match.
Henrietta again too the lead in the opening moments of the third match, and with an ace outscored Holliday 7-2. The Lady Eagles came back with three aces of their own, plus four kills to take a 15-11 lead. Henrietta pushed back with two aces from Wheeler, 14-16, and stayed within three points of Holliday on kills from Taylor Bennett. Game point came when Henrietta knocked the ball out of play.
Wheeler led the Lady Cats with six kills, 14 set assists and two aces. Zamzow had five kills and Annelise Sauer, playing libero, picked up 20 digs.
The Henrietta JV defeated Holliday in a best-two-of-three sets, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15. The freshman team fell to Holliday. No scores were available.