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Monett VB squeezes past Cassville in three sets

Monday, October 1, 2012

A solid wall. Monett's Maddie Glouse goes up for a block during the Lady Cubs volleyball victory over Cassville. [Photo courtesy of Jeremy Anderson]
The Monett Lady Cubs traveled to Cassville on Thursday, Sept. 27, seeking their third win of the volleyball season. Likewise, the Lady Wildcats were looking to improve on their own 2-9-5 season record.

Although Cassville took the first set by a 25-17 tally, the Lady Cubs responded with wins in both the second and third sets to take the match, 2-1.

"We've been working hard on finishing out matches," said Monett's Crystal Shannon. "This was really the first time we executed and pulled out a win that way."

Monett struggled early, especially along the backline, but made up for that with strong play at the net in the final two sets.

Cassville never trailed in the first set enroute to the 25-17 score, but then came unraveled at the service line.

Six times in the second set, the Lady Wildcats missed a first serve opportunity. Those costly errors helped Monett win the second set 25-17. Not only was the score identical to the opening set, but Cassville never held a lead.

In the deciding third set, Cassville received an early break when Monett served out of turn and saw a hard-earned point awarded to Cassville instead on the infraction.

The teams managed six ties in reaching an 8-8 score, before the Lady Wildcats pulled away to lead by 13-8 on a service run by Courtney Parnell.

Monett fought back to tie at 15-15 when Claudia Chadwick started her own service run with a lollipop ace. The Lady Cubs charged to a 19-17 advantage before Lindsey Nolan served to regain the lead for Cassville at 21-19.

Faith Schmidt scored at the net to regain the serve for Monett, and then Maddy Glouse served out the match as the Lady Cubs rolled on to win the set 25-21.

Monett improved to 3-14 on the season, while Cassville2 fell to 2-10-5.

In the JV contest, Monett won in straight sets, 25-19, 26-24.

"I am so proud of the way both our JV and varsity teams stepped up against Cassville," said Shannon. "We knew they would be close games. We've been working on taking control and winning points rather than waiting for the other team to make errors. I feel like the girls have started to do that tonight."

The Lady Cubs will host Seneca Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.

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