Wildcat VB building toward district tourney
The Center-Stanton Wildcats started their week with a 3-1 (25-20, 18-25, 15-25, 19-25) over Glen Ullin. After dropping the first set the Wildcats took the next three sets, led by a great hitting performance from Tristen Henke. Henke went 23-of-36 for a .638 hitting percentage during the game.
In the first set the Wildcats jumped out to a 4-1 lead but saw Glen Ullin battle back and take a lead after trailing 6-7. Kari Gerving recorded three aces and Michaela Gerving added a kill on a 4-point run that secured a 10-7 lead.
Wildcats coach Janet Erhardt called timeout to regain her team’s focus. The timeout resulted in an immediate side out, giving the Wildcats the ball back, but her team failed to capitalize. Glen Ullin went on a 9-2 run and grabbed a 19-10 lead heading into the late parts of the set.
The Wildcats got a late push in the set – scoring six points in a row after trailing 13-22 – that made the score 23-19. The scoring streak ended on a lift call, but Henke won her team the ball back with a kill making the score 20-24. But even Henke’s play couldn’t save the Wildcats in the first set and they lost 25-20.
Set 2 started familiar. The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-1 lead and Glen Ullin tied the game at 7-7 but this time the Wildcats came out of the tie on top. The Wildcats scored four straight capped by a Henke kill before Glen Ullin called a timeout to regroup.
Glen Ullin recovered after the timeout with a 2-point run making the score 12-10. But that’s as close as they would get in the set. The Wildcats used their own 2-point run to create some space and finished the set with small runs, securing a 25-18 win.
In set 3 the Wildcats continued to start strongly. The Wildcats lead 10-4 early in the set. But Glen Ullin closed the gap to three points, making the score 13-10. The Wildcats got some space with a 4-point run making the score 17-10.