By Greg Perkins–
The Lady Wildcats of Joseph City had four volleyball matches a week ago and won three to stay in position to qualify for the Division VI playoffs.
On Tuesday of last week Joseph City traveled to Holbrook, for a return match against the Lady Roadrunners. The Lady Cats won the previous meeting in Joseph City in five games, but this time around Holbrook played much better and shut out the visitors in three straight games, 25-23, 25-17 and 25-16. “We never could get things rolling in this game. They dug almost everything we hit at them, even getting one out of the bleachers. We made a couple of surges toward the end of the games, but were too far behind to win the matches,” said Coach Darrel Mosier.
The next day the Lady Wildcats hosted Cibecue in a doubleheader. Their opponent came in winless on the year, and after two matches, they left still winless. Joseph City won the first match 25-3, 17-25, 25-9 and 25-18, then dominated the second match, which was designated as Senior Night, winning three straight games, 25-20, 25-9 and 25-21.
“We brought up senior Jessica Neff from the jayvee team so that she could play in front of the home crowd for one last time. Our other seniors saw a lot of playing time as well, including Harlie Bosser, Sara Solomon and Tori Baird,” said the coach.
The next day Joseph City defeated Northland Prep in Flagstaff in four close games, 25-20, 25-10, 21-25 and 25-21. Last season Northland Prep defeated the Lady Wildcats, but this time around Joseph City ruined the Lady Spartans’ Senior Night.
“We were focused and played with intensity and passion. We looked and sounded like a volleyball team. We were aggressive and put pressure on the Spartans in both the second and fourth games. We lost the third game due to playing without a purpose,” Coach Mosier said.
Tori Baird came alive for the Lady Cats in the fourth game. “Not only did she put pressure on Northland with her attacks, she also inspired her own team with spectacular dives and digs. Athletes tend to reach a skill level that they can’t progress beyond. Tori surmounted her previous levels, pushing herself beyond what she had done before. Our other hitters, Harlie Blosser, Kristin Baldwin and Sierra Johnstun, all put the pressure on the Spartans with hard, aggressive attacks. Lexi and Krista Edwards provided the sets, and Libero Sara Solomon kept the ball off the ground. We need to continue playing like this the rest of the year,” concluded the coach.