By Gabrielle Ledbetter
On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the New London Ladycats traveled to St. Paul High School to take on the Lady Flyers. New London came out strong, and shocked the Flyers. The score of the first set was 24-26. The Ladycats proved they are a good team and could hang in with the state ranked teams. Following set scores for the game were 12-25, and 16-25.
Coach Jill Thomas commented, “Playing a team like St Paul is always nerve wracking. They have had a great program for so long, it’s common for teams to go into the game already feeling defeated. I was very proud of our girls tonight. They didn’t go into the game with that attitude. They saw it as an opportunity to show what a great team we have. I thought our girls played the best I’ve seen all year. They played with heart and hustle and as a team! Offensively, Katie Layport had most of our kills, but all of hitters did a good job of trying to find holes in a stellar St. Paul defense. St. Paul has some great hitters and our defense, led by Brooklyn Hudson, did an awesome job. I think we really surprised St. Paul with our level of play. I am really proud of the girls, and that they were able to demonstrate their true potential against such a good team.”
Offensively, Katie Layport led the team in kills with five. Gabby Ledbetter and Cassidy Lay each had three, and Marisa Molnar two. Natalie Ferguson led the team in aces with four and Lilian Bartow led with twelve assists. Defensively, Brooklyn Hudson led with thirty digs. In serve recieve, Hudson also led with twenty passes. Ferguson had fifteen and Leah McNeely had twelve. Ledbetter had three blocks.
Later in the week, the Ladycats traveled to Mapleton High School to take on the Mounties. The Ladycats defeated the Mounties in three sets. Game scores were 25-19, 25-19, and 25-15. Coach Thomas stated, “Feels good to get a win.”
Offensively, Katie Layport led with six kills. Cassidy Lay had five kills, Catherine Blaser four, and Ledbetter three. Layport also led the team in aces with five. Megan Conrad had four, and Bartow had three. Bartow also had eleven assists. Defensively, Ledbetter led the team in blocks with six. Hudson led the team in digs with fifteen and in serve receive with eighteen passes.
The Laycats will travel to Crestview High School to take on the Lady Cougars on Thursday, Oct. 11. Junior varsity starts at 5:30 p.m., with varsity following.