November 6, 2008

Battle of the Region first place seeds

By Robyn Rohde

Center-Stanton volleyball head coach Janet Erhardt has said many times that the first day of postseason is a brand new start for every team. And to a point she may be correct.

But as the Wildcats cruised to a 3-0 win over Washburn to end the regular season Oct. 30, the match could prove to be the confidence boost C-S needs heading into tournament time. After a bit of a roller coaster season, the Cardinals snatched the top seed in District 10, the other half of Region 5 with the Wildcats in District 9.

Knowing the district tournaments may produce different leaders when the scoreboards are cleared Thursday, the Wildcats can be confident that their teamwork moved them one step closer to getting back to the Class B State Tournament later this month.

"It’s a good win for us," Erhardt said. "We came into it saying we need to get a win here. We knew they would be tough. (Washburn) is very defensive, they hit well, they serve aggressively, they’re a great team."

The competitive level of Region 5 showed early as a hard angled pass from Becca Hovey and a block by Bailey Henke tied the score 5-5 early in the first game. The game stayed tied point-for-point despite a bullet kill from Connie Miller and an ace by Henke.

"They were smiling through the whole match. I’ve told them that they needed to lighten up and enjoy themselves out there and that showed tonight; we played better," Erhardt said. "The match didn’t mean anything standing-wise but it was an important win for us knowing where they stand in the other district and knowing it (was) our last regular season career match for the seniors."


Wildcats enter districts with regional confidence boost

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