Lady ‘Cats scratch to 3-0 start

Published 8:16pm Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Edgewood Academy volleyball won its second match in as many days, defeating AISA Class AA state runner-up Lee-Scott Academy Tuesday at home 15-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21.
The Lady Wildcats (3-0) swept Glenwood on the road Monday 25-18, 25-11, 26-24.
For the second straight home match, long serves and indecisiveness thwarted Edgewood’s attack in the opening set. Lee-Scott capitalized, taking the first frame by 10 points.
“In practice, we can be more aggressive and work on being more aggressive from the jump,” Lady ‘Cats coach Jessica Sharker after her team’s victory.
“I’m a firm believer in you practice how you play. We’ve been kind of having fun, it’s still the beginning of the season, but it’s time to buckle down and really get into it.”
Edgewood rallied for a 23-14 advantage in the second set. The Lady Warriors reacted, rattling off nine consecutive points to tie the frame at 23. But senior setter Mady Weldon won a kill to put EA up 24-23 before her team won the set.
Weldon served two aces to open the third. She finished the night with a team-high 13 aces, eight digs, three kills and three assists.
“Mady is very consistent. She’s a leader, I like having her out on the floor,” Sharker said. “She gets them together when they get down, sometimes they get down on themselves and she picks them back up.
“As a team, we all do that. I feel like they’re all doing that for each other, even when she messes up, we’re picking her up. It’s really a team effort, we’re doing a good job with that.”
After Lee-Scott regained and extended the advantage in the third to 19-15, the Wildcats stepped up and scored five points on Weldon’s serve, followed by a couple of kills from senior Kara Wilson to fuel Edgewood’s third set win.
Wilson ended the match with eight kills and six digs. Senior libero Katrina Harden kept volleys alive for EA for much of the night, recording a team-high 19 digs, while sophomore Kevi Hansen added 11 digs and six assists.
The Lady Wildcats led by five in the final frame before the Lady Warriors cut its lead to 20-19. A Wilson kill and four LSA errors lifted Edgewood to the match win.
“I’m just super proud of them right now. Me being new with them, I’m really happy with the way they’ve come around to the way I’m doing things,” Sharker said. “We keep making mistakes, giving them points, but I’m really happy with the way we’re putting the ball down. We need to work on making less errors and mistakes.”
Heading into it second Class A East Region game Thursday, hosting Cornerstone Christian, Sharker said the girls need to maintain their mentality.
“Feeding off these last two wins. I told them today, expect to win. If you expect to win, you go out with that mentality. That’s what we’re going to keep, just expecting to win, going out and getting it done, no matter how close they may get.”
EA and Cornerstone will meet Thursday following the JV match, starting at 4 p.m.

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