Lady Wildcats only one step away from the number 1 seat
Every coach and player in hopes of advancing deep into postseason action knows that the key to success is getting the top seeding and avoiding the grueling first round matches. As of Monday night, Center-Stanton was one win away from the top spot as they played Standing Rock this past Tuesday in the final district bout of the regular season.
But before the Wildcats could bust open the celebration they faced Beulah in a non-conference match Monday in Center. Both teams had just come off an exhausting two-day tournament at Des Lacs-Burlington where the Wildcats finished in third place in the consolation bracket.
In the first game of the match, the team’s fatigue showed but then two quick blocks by the Miners’ Hannah Zimmerman gave Beulah an early push. A back set from Bailey Henke to Becca Hovey ended the Beulah’s 6-0 run. Henke then went up for the impressive outside attack but Beulah’s immediate return caught C-S off guard for the Miner point at 12-8.
The Wildcats got as close as three points with Jenny Erhardt serving, but then the Miners again responded with a 6-1 run to cause a timeout. Hovey’s surprise second contact kill ended an extended rally and earned C-S the side out. Erhardt’s kill off Erica Duewel’s arm kept the Wildcats clawing at the lead but a rolling kill gave Beulah back the serve.
With Hovey back serving, the Wildcats made a run but an outside kill from Duewel ended which gave one in Miner favor at 25-12.
"I think Center-Stanton came out with a definite game plan and knew they were going to attack the seams," Beulah head coach Kevin Peterson said. "They played with passion. Without a few timely mistakes, it could have very well been a different outcome."