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Lady Cats Down Otto-Eldred In District Nine Volleyball Quarterfinals, Will Host A-C Valley In Semis (10/30/19)

(Photos by Kim Constantino and Nathan Girvan)

The Clarion Area Lady Cats Volleyball Team downed the visiting Otto-Eldred Lady Terrors 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-9) in a District Nine Class A quarterfinal match on Tuesday (October 29th).

The match saw a number of Lady Cats step up big, in various aspects of the game, serving, passing, defense…

Korrin Burns, who had a big all-round match, with 12 points (5 aces),, 13 kills and nine digs, had six service points in game one, including the first two and the final four service points for the Cats. K.K. Girvan, Kait Constantino, Payton Simko and Brenna all registered service points in the game.

The Lady Cats held 7-5 lead in the second game and then broke the game open, with Maddie Shill serving for five straight points, all of them aces, moving the lead to 12-5. Clarion then outscored the Terrors 13-9, the rest of the way to win the game 25-14. Maddie also came up big defensively with five kills on the night.

The highlight of game three came with the Bobcats scoring eleven straight points, ten of them on service from Kait, stretching a 9-5 lead to 20-5. Kait had 13 points for the match, 6 of them aces, 8 kills and 8 digs. Brenna had her usual stellar night, setting up her teammates, registering twenty-six assists. She also scored 11 points (1 ace) and had two digs.

K.K. had four points and a dig. Grace Ochs scored three points. Payton had 2 points and a kill. Jordan Best registered an ace and Aryana Girvan delivered on five kills.

The win sets up a semifinal match between the number one State ranked Cats and KSAC rival A-C Valley, on Thursday (October 31st) at 6:30PM at Clarion.

Cat Quotes:

Coach Campbell: I thought it was a really great first (match), coming into the playoffs. We looked pretty settled and it looked like a very evenly distributed team effort.

I thought we served well. I thought we got some opportunities for our bench to get in and get some serving and get their nerves (out of the way) so we can rely on them. Because that’s the kind of stuff that takes you deeper in the playoffs and stuff that you need

You saw great performances. Kait Constantino only had one hitting error. Korrin Burns had thirteen kills. Just really solid balance. Brenna made great decisions to use all her hitters.

Maddie Schill hit forty percent, which was just one hitting error. She was really dynamic at the net. You saw Payton Simko adding to the offense. That really is a tribute to the passing. When the pass is there, we have a lot of choices. And we have a setter who has the ability to get the ball anywhere.

So, I’m just really pleased. We’ll just keep working harder. We’ll have to play better defense as we face people later on in the rounds. We’ll keep working on that.

(Thanks to Kim Constantino for the photos. Keep it going, Lady Cats!!!!)