Photo Courtesy of Coach Compass
As teams see the season winding down, they look to fine tune certain aspects of their game to prepare for districts. That’s exactly what the Cape Central varsity volleyball team is doing. The Tigers stand at 14-6-1 on the season, and are looking to all get on the same page.
“The point of emphasis for our team is playing together as a team,” head coach Sara Henry said after this weekend’s action. “Individually, each player has their own specific role and talents, but that is not enough to make a team work. We have to bring those talents together and work on bringing out the best in each other.”
Prior to this past weekend’s Perryville Tournament, the Tigers were on a roll. A 25-20, 25-11 victory over Bell City on September 30 saw Emily Spinner have an excellent match with three aces, 11 assists, and five digs. Ella Vogel added seven kills and three aces, while Sophia Sapp and Abigail Boxdorfer each had four aces. Morgan Hessenkemper contributed six digs as well.
Then last Tuesday, a 25-20, 25-21 victory over Saxony Lutheran put the Tigers at 12-3 on the season. Vogel had a great match at the net, collecting nine kills and four blocks. She said this was a big victory on the road. “I think that we did a good job of not letting them get to us, especially their student section,” she said. “We just played together and worked together, and that is what helped us the most.” Libby Ogburn chipped in with five kills, while Spinner dished off 14 assists. Olivia Hukel added five assists, and Hessenkemper led the team with 14 digs. Malayna McAllister said the team was on top of their game. “We had lots of positive and high energy,” she explained. “Everyone was really focused, and we had a great time. Overall, I think that is the best we have played in awhile. I am very proud of my teammates. We’re trying to be more proactive about listening to one another and working together on the court. We are a family out there, and I think that will take us a long way.”
Last Thursday, the Tigers defeated New Madrid County Central. CHS took the first set easily, winning 25-11. But the Tigers were really tested in the second set, prevailing 27-25. Vogel, again, led the team with eight kills. She also added two aces. Boxdorfer added five kills, Spinner 13 assists, and Hessenkemper ten digs. At 13-3, Cape Central was ready for the Perryville Tournament on Saturday.
The tournament didn’t start out well as the Tigers dropped its first pool play game against Park Hills Central, 15-25, 14-25. Then a split against Saxony Lutheran (25-21, 18-25) put CHS in a position where they really need a win. They got one in the final pool play match, defeating Clearwater, 25-18, 25-13. However, in the first round of bracket play, The Tigers lost the first match to Leopold, 23-25, 10-25, and were eliminated.
Coach Henry said that a senior is asserting her leadership skills. “After this past weekend’s tournament, Marisa Lanzotti has really stepped up into her leadership role. She is communicating, on and off the court, to her teammates and coaches. She is always ready to play and not afraid of change.”
Unfortunately last night, the Tigers couldn’t overcome the Fredericktown Blackcats in a home match. After dropping the first set, 24-26, Cape Central came back to win the second, 25-22. But in the third set, CHS just couldn’t get it going and fell, 15-25.
But the Tigers will get a chance to get back in the winning column tonight as the team travels to Puxico for a match against the Indians. The match should start around 7:00 pm.