By Head Coach Carmen Foster and Assistant Coach Greg Livengood
Last Thursday, the Oak Ridge High School Lady Wildcats and Baby Cats (as we fondly refer to our junior varsity team) took on district rival Central High School. The Lady Cats (both JV and varsity) won in straight sets.
That left both teams undefeated in the district at 6-0.
The Baby Cats came out strong and won in two straight sets: 25-7 and 25-20.
In the first set, they were led by freshmen J.J. Valencia van Booream and Sarah Roth, and sophomores Stella Powell and Beth Wyatt. J.J., #24, who plays libero for the Baby Cats, had a total of 11 points, with six service aces and six digs. Sarah Roth, an outside hitter, had two kills and three digs. Stella Powell, #10, contributed three kills, two points, and two digs. Beth Wyatt, #5, captain and setter for the Baby Cats, added nine assists, one ace, and one kill.
In the second set, freshmen Devyn Bonds, Rachel Clement (who replaced Beth Wyatt as the primary setter), and Kasey Smith were the the standouts, along with sophomores Molly McDonough, Mollie Turner, and Allison Jones. Devyn Bonds and Kasey Smith contributed three kills, two service aces, and two digs, while Molly McDonough and Mollie Turner had superb net play! They both contributed eight kills and three digs. Allison, another defensive specialist for the Baby Cats, patrolled the back court and had one service ace and three digs.
Central was a very scrappy team and played well against the Baby Cats. The ORHS JV did a great job of communicating throughout the match and were able to overcome a comeback mounted by Central in the second set. Credit for the win must also go to JV coach Greg Livengood, who has developed this team into a winning force!
The Baby Cats are the future of ORHS volleyball, and it could not be any brighter.
The Lady Wildcats’ next home match is Thursday, September 25. That happens to be Senior Night.
Oak Ridge High School will be graduating five seniors from this year’s squad: Rachel Card, Rachel Loeffler, Mattie Livengood, Emily Campbell, and Sami Viau.
C’mon out and support your Lady Wildcats and Baby Cats!