By Greg Perkins
The Lady Wildcat volleyball team of Joseph City has played very well over the course of the past two weeks. They managed to sandwich two regular season wins around winning their own 10-team invitational meet.
Facing Valley Sanders on Sept. 18, Joseph City overcame some injuries and poor play to defeat the Lady Pirates in three games, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-23.
“We were a little short handed, but just didn’t play our best volleyball. We didn’t pass well, and therefore didn’t hit very well,” said Coach Kent Baldwin.
Hosting their own tournament on Sept. 21 and 22, Joseph City swept its four pool play matches, beating Many Farms 25-12, Grand Canyon 25-15, Piñon 25-9 and Rock Point 25-17. Those wins placed them into bracket play as the top overall seed. St. Michaels, Williams, Mogollon, Hopi and Ash Fork made up the other pool.
Playing the best of three games to 25 in bracket action, Joseph City took down Grand Canyon in two games, 25-10 and 25-9. With the win the Lady Wildcats moved on to defeat Rock Point also in two games, 25-9 and 25-12.
That win put them into the championship match where they met up with longtime rival Mogollon. This marked the third meeting between these two and like the first two, Joseph City came out on top. Joseph City played inspired in front of the home crowd, taking the title in just two games, winning both 25-15.
“The girls were fired up and ready to play some exciting volleyball. I haven’t seen the girls this full of en-ergy and excited to play. It was cool,” exclaimed Coach Baldwin.
Four girls were named to the all tournament team, including Lexi Edwards, Sierra Johnstun, Kristin Baldwin and Brooke Baldwin.
Last week Joseph City returned to regular season play, navigating homecoming week activities well enough to defeat Rock Point in three games, 25-16, 25-14 and 25-16. The team practiced in the morning so they could participate in homecoming after school activities.
“The past two weeks have been pretty crazy, hosting our own tournament and with homecoming, but the girls have been awesome and willing to go the extra mile to keep improving,” concluded the coach.
Tonight (Oct. 5) Joseph City will host Valley Sanders, then on Thursday, Oct. 11, they will travel to Eagar to take on the Round Valley Lady Elks, who defeated them in the Spiker Tournament in Eagar.
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By Greg Perkins