By Payton Shays
The New London Volleyball team matched their win total from last season in their first week of play.The Cats began with a victory over the Seneca East Tigers on Monday, Aug. 18. The Ladycats took the first two sets (26-24)(20-25) then slipped in the third (10-25) and came back strong to win the fourth(24-26). Lexi Phillips lead the team in aces with four and also finished with the highest serving percentage. Elise Chaffins was the leader in digs with 13 followed closely by Lexe Yoder who had 11. Chaffins also led in assists with 15. Payton Shays had the most kills on the night finishing with 10. The following night the girls began conference play with a win over the Plymouth Big Red. The Wildcats defeated the Big Red in just three sets with scores of 25-14, 25-13, and 25-12. Chaffins gave a strong performance for the Cats with 7 aces, 16 assists, and 8 digs. Shays lead in kills with 10 while Kaitlyn Speicher trailed with 8. The team was dealt their first loss on Aug. 21 from the Black River Pirates. The team started off strong in winning the first set (25-22) but couldn't hold on and fell in the next three. Shays led in kills on the night with 12, Phillips lead in digs with 15, and Chaffins lead in assists with 11. Saturday August 23rd New London competed in a quad match with Oberlin, Central Christian, and Willard. These Matches were played for best two out of three instead of three out of five. The Wildcats started the day off with a win over Central Christian in two sets with scores of 25-16 and 25-9. Shays and Delaney Porter had the most kills for the game with five and Yoder was the leader in digs with seven. The girls fought through the second game against Willard but fell in two sets (25-12)(25-21.) Speicher had the most digs for the game with six and Shays led in kills with nine. This brought the team into 0 their final match of the week against Oberlin. The Cats outscored Oberlin 25-16 in both sets. Shays was the kill leader with seven and Speicher was right behind her with six. Yoder led in digs again with six and Chaffins had seven assists with Breanna Wilson on her tail with six. After their first week of play the Ladycats ended with a record of 4-2. They are scheduled to take on the Crestview Cougars on Tuesday, Aug. 26 and Western Reserve Aug. 28.