After Henrietta’s 2013 volleyball season came to close in the Region I semifinal, Coach Rochelle Kabisch said 2014 would be a year of rebuilding.
Rebuild they did.
Saturday, the Lady Cats secured the District 9-3A championship with a heated four-set win over Nocona. With the Henrietta win, Nocona settles for second place.
The Lady Cats fought back from a sizable deficit in the first set to take a 25-23 win, but fell 21-25 in the second as Nocona forced the match to four. Henrietta withstood the initial onslaught to out last the Lady Indians to take a 25-14 win in the third set, and by the fourth set had Nocona worn out, 25-8.
Taylor Bennett led Henrietta’s offensive attack with 20 kills and two aces. Kamryn Weaver had 12 kills, followed by Sierra Burkhart with 11, Maddie Brown with six and Kenzie Kirk with 5. Hollie Thomas and Sami Morrow served up two aces each, while Kirk and Addie McDonnell added one ace each.
Bennett had 24 digs. At libero, Lizzie Riordan finished with 21 digs, while Kirk picked up 16 digs and had 44 set assists. McDonnell had 10 digs, followed by Thomas with eight, Weaver with seven, Burkhart with six, Brown with three, Morrow with two and Callie Page with one.
With the win, Henrietta improves to 12-1 in District 9-3A, and 27-11 for the season. The Lady Cats travel to City View on Tuesday, Oct. 28 for a final game before starting postseason play.
The Lady Cats defeated Jacksboro on Saturday, Oct. 17 in three sets, 25-11, 25-7, 25-19.
Thomas scored five aces in the match, with a four ace performance from McDonnell. Bennett scored 12 kills and two aces, followed by Burhart with 10 kills. Weaver had seven kills, while Brown had four and Thomas scored three. Kirk had one kill and one ace and Page scored an ace.
On Tuesday, Henrietta beat Boyd in three, 25-14, 25-17, 25-18.