ANDALE – There was good and bad for the Lady Wildcats competing at the Andale triangular on Tuesday night. El Dorado’s volleyball team ended up falling to the Andale Lady Indians 2-0, and then taking the Clearwater Lady Indians to three sets, winning 2-1.
El Dorado vs. Andale
The Lady Wildcats played Andale point for point during the first set of the match, with El Dorado taking a 2-0 lead before the Lady Indians got on the board. After tying at two a piece, the teams would tie four times before the Lady Indians moved forward and didn’t look back. Andale’s Morgan Bruna put the Lady Indians ahead 17-13 heading into the first timeout. Two Andale mistakes would bring the Lady Wildcats within two with the score 17-15. After Andale made two mistakes, the two teams traded points before Katelynn Fairchild put the volleyball on the ground to move Andale ahead 20-17. The Lady Wildcats would only score two more points in the set, giving Andale a 25-19 win.
The Lady Indians went out to an 8-5 lead early in the ballgame, trading points and tying the set five times before the first timeout. A four point difference would separate the two teams, sending Andale to a 25-21 win.
“We knew coming into today that Andale was good, and state ranked.” said Coach Chelsea Helena. “We also knew that Clearwater was scrappy. You give them a little, and they take a lot.”
El Dorado vs. Clearwater
The Lady Wildcats played like a team possessed heading into the second match against Clearwater. El Dorado took a 7-0 lead before the Lady Indians were even on the board. The run was highlighted by the fifth point as El Dorado’s Lexee Hughey put the ball over the net and past the Clearwater defense with emphasis. El Dorado would go up 10-2 before the first timeout.
The Lady Wildcats continued their run to a 13-2 lead, before Clearwater began a comeback run accentuated by the Lady Indians’ front row defensive efforts. After a 6-0 stretch, the Lady Wildcats got back on the scoreboard 14-6 before a questionable call from the officials with some added controversy gave Clearwater another point.
Jamison McCaig would highlight the final stretch of the set giving the Lady Wildcats a 19-13 lead. Sydney Scanlon scored a follow up point, before Clearwater went on a 5-0 run. El Dorado took the first set with a final score of 25-18.
In set two, Sydney Scanlon had two kills as the Wildcats and Indians traded points for the first part of the set. Clearwater would lead 15-11 heading into the first timeout. El Dorado would have a short rally scoring four unanswered points before Indian Coach Amanda Sterrett called another quick timeout. The Wildcats continued to rally, when sophomore Erin Wranosky’s kill tied the game at 16-16. Clearwater would go on a three point run before senior Hollie Gregg finally put a kill onto the ground for a Wildcat point making it a 19-17 contest. Clearwater would then limit El Dorado to one more point in the set before winning 25-18.
Set three would prove to be the closest of the night, as Clearwater started with a 2-0 lead. El Dorado would start to rally back but continued to trail as the Indians led 7-4 at the first timeout. Both teams would trade points as Clearwater then went ahead 18-13 heading into another called timeout. After both teams would score two more points, El Dorado hit the gas pedal scoring eight unanswered points with four kills from Carly Clennan, and one from Jamison McCaig. Clearwater would answer to tie the game at 23-23.
McCaig and Clennan would combine to give El Dorado a 25-23 final score to win the match 2-1.
“The mentality was right. I think right now we play as a family, but we also don’t have a person that can put the ball away.” Helena noted.
The head coach recognized Clennan, Scanlon, and sophomore Kelsi McLaren as players that stood out on the night.
The Wildcats will play in the Rossville Tournament this weekend.