Wildcats VB win silver bracket
By Jarann Johnson
The Coal Country Invite is a little bit weird because it doesn’t offer teams full matches to see where they are. But the tournament offers coaches and players a day’s worth of competition to measure themselves.
The day of competition went well for the Wildcats, taking first place in the silver division. The Wildcats drew a very strong group to start pool play in the 16-team tournament.
Their were four teams in the Wildcats’ pool including the Wildcats. The other three teams were Dickinson Trinity, Our Redeemer’s and Ray. Our Redeemer’s and Dickinson Trinity went on to matchup in the Gold Division finals, with Our Redeemer’s winning 25-18 and 25-20.
During pool play the Wildcats finished with four pool points. Trinity finished with five pool points and Our Redeemer’s won the pool with nine points.
During pool play matches are only two sets. Splits go to the team that scores the most points in the match. The Wildcats were swept by Our Redeemer’s 25-20, 25-15 to start the day.
The Wildcats split with Trinity – losing the first set 25-20 and winning the second set 25-23. The third and final match of pool play was a Wildcats’ sweep over Ray; 25-21, 25-21.
During Bracket play, matches were three sets – the first two sets to 25 and the third to 15. Bracket play didn’t start off well for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats were matched against Region 7 power Beulah and fell in the first set 25-16. But from their the Wildcats picked it up winning the next two sets; 25-27 and 16-14.
In the silver bracket semifinals the Wildcats faced a very tall team. Lisbon’s starting six had a notable size advantage over the Wildcats but it didn’t seem to matter, the Wildcats won 25-14 and 25-21.
In the finals the Wildcats finished off their long day with a win, topping New England 25-16 and 25-17. The New England sweep gave the Wildcats a streak of six sets consecutively won.
Wildcats’ Head Coach Janet Erhardt was happy with her team’s performance.
“I’m very pleased with the way we ended up. We came out against Our Redeemer’s at 8 O’clock and we were very competitive with them. I think we had 20 and 19, we scored pretty well against them. Then we had Trinity and we split with them, then we played Ray and we won that. So we ended up third in our pool. It seems like we started to progressively play better as the day went on,” Erhardt said.
“I told the girls to be proud of what you did. It was awesome how they fought back and they never gave up. We didn’t blow away any games today.”