By Coach Tina Turn
The Bearcats volleyball team ended their regular season with a home game in Lancaster on Monday, Oct. 15, where they hosted the Bears of Lake of the Woods. The Bears wrap up the regular season sitting in spot two on the east side of the section.
KCC came out with a really slow start in the first two sets. Energy was non-existent which made every play seem like it was a struggle, although the stats in set one show that wasn’t entirely true. There were 14 kills in set one and only four hitting errors. Four serving errors didn’t help the cause as the Bearcats fell just short in extra points, 26-28. The second set was a rout by the Bears. With six hitting errors, three serving errors, and seven other unforced errors, the Bearcats never got out of their funk and lost 16-25.
Looking at errors, KCC only committed five total in set three, three of those being missed serves as they continued to struggle from the line. The Bearcats cleaned up the rest of their game, however and went on to swing for 11 kills in the 25-11 win.
Set four proved to be an exciting one for fans as several long rallies kept both teams flying all over the court. Defensively, freshman middle hitter Cheyanne Scalese came up big with 3 solo blocks. Juniors Morgan Olson and Marlee Turn each had 3 kills to get the set four win 25-22 and force a deciding fifth set.
It was Turn at the net in set five with 7 kills that kept the Bears defense scrambling. Finally, from the serving line, the Bearcats performed well under pressure and served a perfect set, which made the difference in a close 15-13 set win.
Overall serving against the Bears was a season-low of 88 percentage, recording only 3 aces. On the flip side, a strength of LOW is their tough serving. They did a good job keeping us out of system. Their other strength is having, arguably, the top libero in the section. She is relentless in her pursuit of the ball, and her accuracy of passing makes it tough to keep them off balance. Once we successfully found the side of the court where she was not, we were able to go on scoring runs. It’s unfortunate that this match was such a struggle for us, but it was important for the girls to discover they can pull out a five-set win, which is something they hadn’t done the whole season.
The Bearcats ended the regular season with a 20-8 record. Seeded fifth in a very competitive west Section 8A half, they will meet up with the Gators of BGMR in Greenbush on Thursday, Oct. 25 for a re-match of the 2017 play-in playoff game.
GAME STATS versus Lake of the Woods
Player Kills Digs Blocks Assists Serves Aces
Danielle Crotty 0 2 0 0 0 0
Peyton Klein 2 4 0 21 8/11 0
Cora Kujava 6 7 – 1 26/26 0
Addison Olson 0 12 0 1 6/6 0
Morgan Olson 8 4 1 2 14/16 2
McKenna Peterson 6 0 .5 2 0 0
Cheyanne Scalese 4 1 4.5 2 4/6 0 Marlee Turn 26 8 3.5 1 12/14 0
Gracie Whitlock 2 3 1.5 20 22/25 1