Set one had the Lady Cats suffering from some playoff jitters and they fell behind early, 14-5. It was too much to recover from as the Lady Cats fell, 25-12, to the Marion squad.
“Even though the match didn’t turn out the way we wanted, the LadyCats fought a very hard battle. It took us the first game to settle down and start playing like we should,” said coach Whatley.
Set two was a different story as the Lady Cats shook off the jitters and played well. It was close all the way with neither team breaking ahead to gain an advantage of more that a few points. The Lady Cats held their biggest lead at 14-11 but Marion rushed right back to tie things up at 16-16 on some hard hits and good defense.
The Bulldogs took their first lead of the set since a 7-6 advantage early on at 18-17. The next three points went to the Bee County girls and the momentum looked to have been regained.
The Bulldog hitting and defense refused to quit and they fought back to regain the lead at 22-21 and captured the important second set, 25-23, for a 2-0 lead in the best of five match.
“It was hard to lose that game, which should have carried the momentum our way. The Lady Cats never gave up anything making Marian earn that last point of the match,” said Whatley.
“I am proud of the Lady Cats and all they have done this year.”
The loss in set two seemed to take the wind out of the Lady Cats’ sails and the Bulldogs ran off to a dominating 18-6 margin after the first few minutes of the third set.
The Lady Cats scrapped and scratched the rest of the way but it was too big a hole from which to recover. The third and final set went the Bulldogs’ way at 25-15 for the 3-0 win.