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Lady Cats string together wins to take lead in 9-3A


Despite having beat Boyd head-to-head early in 9-3A play, Henrietta has shared first place with the Lady Yellowjackets though much of the district volleyball season. That all changed Tuesday as the Lady Cats held off Bowie to take the district lead.

With six games remaining before the playoffs, Henrietta holds a 22-11 season record and is 7-1 in district play.

The win over Bowie was well earned by the Lady Cats, defeating the Lady ‘Rabbits in four sets. Henrietta held Bowie at bay for a 25-23 win in the first set, but fell 17-25 in the second and had to go into extra points in the third for a 26-24 win. Stamina was key for the Lady Cats in the fourth set, overcoming a tired Lady ‘Rabbit team 25-19.

Taylor Bennett led Henrietta’s offensive assault with 19 kills. On the defense, she had 19 digs and one assisted block. Kamryn Weaver and Sierra Burkhart finished with 12 kills each. Burkhart had 11 digs, while Weaver picked up two. Setter Kenzie Kirk finished with 46 assists. Kirk also had three kills, eight digs, one solo and one assisted block. Hollie Thomas had two kills and 12 digs, while Maddie Brown had one kill, five digs and a solo block. Sami Morrow scored two aces and had two digs, while libero Lizzie Riordan picked up 31 digs.

It was the second win over Bowie for the Lady Cats, defeating the Jackrabbits in four sets Sept. 12 to open district play.

Henrietta’s only loss in 9-3A so far came Sept. 16 in Paradise, falling in five sets, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18, 24-26, 11-15.

Bennett finished with 25 kills, five aces and 15 digs; followed by Burkhart with 16 kills and five digs; Kirk with five kills, seven digs, 46 set assists; Brown with four kills, four digs; Weaver with three kills, four digs; Morrow with two kills, three digs; Thomas with two kills, four aces, 10 digs; Riordan with 34 digs; and McDonell with 20 digs.

The Lady Cats got back on track with a Sept. 19 sweep of Holliday, 25-17, 28-26, 25-12.

Bennet led with 17 kills, 15 digs and one solo block; Burkhart had nine kills, one solo block and two assisted blocks; Weaver scored six kills, three solo blocks and one assited block; Kirk scored four kills, 32 set assists and 19 digs; Brown scored two two kills and three assisted blocks; Thomas had one kill and 18 digs; McDonell had 12 digs; and Riordan put up 11 digs.

Henrietta defeated Jacksboro on Sept. 23, 26-24, 25-16, 25-12.

Bennett had 17 kills, two aces, 21 digs and two assisted blocks; Burkhart finished with 14 kills, six digs and one solo block; Brown scored eight kills and had one solo block; Weaver scored three kills, had one solo block and one assisted block; Riordan had 11 digs and scored four aces; Thomas had 11 digs and one assisted block; Kirk put up 38 set assists and had 11 digs; while McDonell had 9 digs.

Henrietta’s win over Boyd came in three sets Sept. 27, 25-9, 26-24, 25-16.

Burkhart scored seven kills; Weaver scored five kills and had two assisted blocks; Brown scored four kills; Kirk had four kills, two aces, 16 digs, three assisted blocks and 33 set assists; Thomas had two  kills, two aces and 14 digs; McDonell scored one ace and had 12 digs; Riordan had 18 digs.

The Lady Cats swept Nocona on Sept. 30, 26-24, 25-12, 25-15.

Bennett scored 16 kills and two aces, and had one assisted block, three set assists and five digs; Burkhart had 12 kills and two assisted blocks; Weaver had 10 kills, one solo block and two assisted blocks; Brown had two kills and two assisted blocks; Kirk had two kills, 37 set assists and eight digs; Morrow scored three aces and had seven digs; Riordan put up 12 digs; and Thomas had nine digs.

Henrietta completed its fourth sweep of a district competitor Saturday, Oct. 4 with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-13 win over City View.

Bennett scored 24 kills in the match, followed by Burkhart with eight and Brown with six. Weaver scored five kills and Kirk had two. Callie Page scored one kill and four aces, while Thomas had one kill and three aces. Kirk and Addie McDonnell scored one ace each.

Henrietta continues district play Saturday at Holliday, and will host the remainder of the District 9-3A schedule at home.


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Matt Kelton began working for community newspapers at 19 and has since won numerous awards. He founded The Pioneer Sentinel in 2011 with the belief that a locally owned news source best represents a community. Matt is a fifth generation resident of Clay County.

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