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The Kit Carson Lady Wildcats celebrate a point during action at Kiowa. Pictured from (l to r) Kenzie Waggoner (#6), Ludovica Brida (#8), Nadaya Buttry (Libero), Payge Booker-Rady (#20), Tess Johnson (#14) and Shay Rady (#12).
Heidie Marriott

Kit Carson Volleyball Rolling but Speed Bumps Ahead

By Betsy Barnett

September 14, 2022

The Kit Carson Lady Wildcats have had a terrific start to the season and are firing on all cylinder with a senior-laden team that also features an exchange student at the setter position that has added size and depth to an already strong line up.

Over the past week, the Cats were on the road taking on a very strong Springfield group and forced to go the distance with the Lady Longhorns in a 5-game match winning in set scores of 25-13, 20-25, 25-21, 24-26, and 15-12. This was the fifth match out of nine played in the season that the Wildcats had to go the distance—and they are 5-0 in that conquest. In that game the Cats put down 37 kills at a 20.1% success rate and had 8 ace serves with an 86.2% service success rate.

Then on Friday night, Kit Carson traveled to Kiowa and blasted through the black & red in three straight set scores of 25-21, 25-13 and 25-15. In Kiowa the Lady Wildcats had 30 kills (36.6%) and 10 aces with an 87.5% service percentage.

No. 6 ranked Kit Carson boasts an 8-1 record and owns a seven-match winning streak.

The Lady Wildcats feature a senior-oriented team and led by all-around senior hitter Kenzie Waggoner who leads her team with 174 kills which is No. 1 among Class 1A hitters. Waggoner also has 11 blocks, 143 digs, and 13 aces to her credit.

Senior Tess Johnson has 61 kills, 15 blocks, 95 digs, and 12 aces while junior Payge Booker-Rady has 51 kills, 62 digs, and 12 aces.

Senior setter Ludovica Bridal, an exchange student from Italy, leads the state with 278 assists along with 78 digs and 10 aces.

Senior defensive specialists Torrie Randel has 138 digs while freshman Shay Rady has 18 ace serves.

Head coach Jasmine Jacobs is happy with their success thus far but knows this week will set the tone for their season, “Kiowa was a game that challenged us to keep the momentum on our side of the court. We had adjustments to make in our lineup due to missing our Libero and we rose to that challenge. The girls stayed aggressive and played hard on defense to sweep Kiowa in 3. This week is homecoming where we will play McClave on Tuesday and Eads on Friday.”

McClave is currently undefeated at 4-0 and Eads is on a 6-game winning streak at 6-2. Both teams are in the Lady Cats’ conference and both teams are ready to get the chance to get a win over the strong tradition-laden Wildcats.

In Springfield the Cats were led by Waggoner who slammed down 18 kills and added 4 ace serves and 25 digs.

Tess Johnson added 7 kills and 2 aces.

Ludovica Brida had 1 ace serve, one block, 11 digs and 31 assists.

Torrie Randel added 1 ace serve and 17 digs

Lindsey Mayhan had 5 kills and 1 block on the front line.

Kiowa did not put up much of a fight against Kit Carson as Waggoner, again, led the way with 14 kills, 1 ace and 9 digs.

Mayhan added 5 kills and 2 ace serves.

Payge Booker-Rady added 5 kills and 4 blocks.

Tess Johnson had 3 ace serves and 12 digs.

Ludovica Brida added 2 blocks and 24 assists.

In other Hi-Plains League action the Cheyenne Wells Tigers suffered their first conference loss of the season against McClave, 3-0, in set scores of 15-25, 15-25, and 14-25. The Tigers are 1-4 on the season. The Lady Cards are 4-0.

In the contest with McClave McKayla Kiniston led the way with 12 kills, 2 ace serves, 4 blocks and 17 digs.

Freshman Card Abriella Gomez added 10 kills and 12 blocks.

Freshman Ashlynn Steinbrunn had 2 aces and 21 digs.

Senior Mariah Enciso added 5 blocks.

Sophomore Makayla Phillips contributed 26 assists to her hitters.

For the Tigers it was senior Izzy Trevino-Lopez leading the way with 4 kills and 1 block.

Sophomore Savannah Worley had 4 kills.

Freshman Aubry Carroll added 3 kills, 2 ace serves, 1 block and 6 digs.

Senior setter Kassadee Dickey had 1 ace serve, 8 digs and 13 assists.

Chamille Giron added 2 blocks and senior Londyn Eiring had 11 digs.

The Tigers will face off against another tough Hi-Plains team in Cheraw on Friday night. They will then travel to Idalia to compete in a 4-team tournament that also includes Bethune and Belleview Christian on Saturday, September 17.

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