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Lady Wildcats Still Unbeaten Defeating Eads 3-0 in Conference Rivalry

By Betsy Barnett

October 19, 2016

     The Kit Carson Lady Wildcats remain unbeaten as area teams are winding down their regular seasons this week and prepare to head into the District Tournament on October 28th at the LCC Wellness Center.

     Over the past week Eads, McClave, and Kit Carson, usually strong rivals each year, took turns duking it out for league dominance.  When the dust cleared, Eads has lost both their matches to McClave and Kit Carson; while the Wildcats had pushed through two more important conference wins.  They are currently ranked second in the state. 

     On Tuesday in Eads the McClave Cardinals took little time to defeat the young Eagles in three straight games (13-25, 17-25, 13-25).  Eads really never got anything going against the tough defense McClave puts on the court.  Longtime McClave volleyball coach Rachel Dunning brings a strong team that understands the game well and did a good job finding the holes in the fabric of Eads’ defense.  The Eagles didn’t help themselves very much as they committed multiple unforced errors and serving errors during the short three-game event. 

      Juniors Brenna Rouse and Mariah Smith led Eads in the kill department with 9 and 5 kills respectively.  Smith would get 6 blocks against the Cards from the middle and sophomore Brooklynn Jones also did her job getting 5 blocks from the middle when she rotated to the front.  Rouse was the defensive work horse picking up 13 digs; while Hadlie Rittgers had 12 assists to lead Eads.  A key stat was that Eads did not get a single ace serve all night.

     Kit Carson and McClave then battled each other on Thursday with the Wildcats coming out on top, 3-1,  in one of the more challenging matches the Wildcats have had thus far. (25-20, 25-13, 15-25, 25-16)  Kit Carson played very strong in the first two games but let up on focus and hustle in game three and it showed as McClave took advantage of their lapse in intensity.  It took 34 kills, 12 coming from Wildcat McKenzie Smith, to finally win the match.

      Kit Carson and Eads squared off at the end of the busy week and the underdog Eagles, now 5-10 on the season, gave the undefeated Wildcats three strong games but would eventually lose in three straight 25-21, 25-13, 25-18.   Eads just didn’t have enough fire power or defensive tools to stop Kit Carson.  The Wildcat’s Tess Hornung was particularly damaging to Eads as the Lady Eagles couldn’t get their blocks set near fast enough to stop the quick attack of setter Reyna Isenbart to Hornung who pounded down most of Kit Carson’s kills. 

     Hornung would have 11 kills followed by Isenbart and Smith with 7 more apiece.  Sophomore Josie Hornung added three aces to the Wildcats’ 90% plus service performance.  Shayla Bogenhagen and Isenbart were the main stays for the Cat defense with 24 and 8 digs respectively.  Isenbart and Paige Johnson led KC in assists with 10 apiece. 

      For Eads, Smith led in kills with seven.  Eads may have found a future weapon in freshman Lauren Brown who added an ace serve and played some solid defense during the middle part of the contest.  Smith and Jones had 6 and 5 blocks respectively, while Lauren Spady and Rittgers dug 18 and 9 balls respectively.  Rittgers had 11 assists on the night.

Eads will finish out the regular season and conference play hosting Granada on Tuesday and then traveling to Cheyenne Wells on Friday. 

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