The Lady Wildcat volleyball team battled their way from the losers bracket to win the Keystone Heights Invitational this past weekend. Candace Clack and Brooke Roberts also made the All-Tournament team.
The Cats struggled on Friday night, losing to 7A Westport 23-25 and 20-25. But on Saturday, they came out ready to play, defeating Yulee in three games — 23-25, 25-21 and 15-10 — with Callie Wheeler and Clack posting five kills each. Kayla Holland and freshman Ashton Alford had six digs.
The Cats then faced Clay County, defeating the Blue Devils 25-23 and 25-14. Wheeler led the offense with five kills and Brooke Roberts had an outstanding defensive effort with nine digs.
The Cats faced a big challenge in the tournament semi-final with a rematch against unbeaten Westport. The Cats defeated them in three games, 19-25, 25-19 and 15-13. Kayla Holland turned in an outstanding match with ten kills and ten digs. Taylor Hancock had 23 assists and Callie Wheeler had eight kills and seven digs.
In the championship match versus host Keystone Heights, the Lady Cats won 13-25, 25-10 and 15-12. Holland had eight kills and four service aces, Wheeler had six digs and again, and freshman Ashton Alford came through in the clutch with 10 digs.
Earlier in the week the Lady Cats struggled, however; losing to Trinity 19-25, 25-11, 17-25 and 23-25. Candace Clack had 14 kills and Callie Wheeler and Kayla Holland added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Holland had eight service aces. Brooke Roberts and Taylor Hancock led the defense with 10 digs apiece. Hancock added 29 assists.
The team came back on senior night with a big win over Yulee, 25-23, 25-14 and 25-21. Coach Heather Sulkowski honored her six seniors, Kayla Holland, Brooke Roberts, Candace Clack, Reagan McKendree, Crysta Hilton and CheyAnne Hilton.
Kayla Holland had 14 kills and two blocks. Hancock had 24 assists. Reagan McKendree led the defense with nine digs. Malory Osteen had two blocks and Wheeler had five aces.
The Cats’ overall record stands at 14-6.