The Lady Bobcat Volleyball team traveled to Bellevue, Nebraska on Friday to compete in theGoSarpy.com Labor Day Classic. The Lady Bobcats dropped their opening match against College of St. Mary, 2-3, but rebounded in their second match to capture a five-set victory over Peru State.
The Lady Bobcats were able to grind out to a two-set lead against College of St. Mary (Neb.), 26-24 and 25-22. The match continued to be a back-and-forth battle with St. Mary’s narrowly taking the next set, 25-21, and following up with an 25-18 win in the fourth. In the fifth and final set, St. Mary’s jumped out to a 7-2 lead and never looked back, winning the set 15-9, to take the match.
Lady Cat stat leaders for the match featured: Ryley Thixton – 14 kills, 20 digs; Abi Menzies – 15 kills, 3 solo blocks; Rielly Wallace – 41 assists; Delanie Gaston - 2 service aces; along with Haley Stallings and Izzy Gibbany – 12 digs apiece.
In the second match of the day, the Lady Cats found themselves in another down-to-the-wire match against a scrappy Peru State team. Despite opening the match with a decisive first set of 25-17, C of O found themselves in a dog fight the next three sets, 21-25, 25-21, and 25-27. Fortunately, Kaylee Larimer caught fire in the deciding set with three late kills to help the Lady Cats pull away 15-9 and take the match.
Highlighting the stat chart for the Lady Cats were: Ryley Thixton – 24 kills, 13 digs; Abi Menzies – 15 kills; Izzy Gibbany – 20 digs, 10 assists; Rielly Wallace – 46 assists; Kaylan Smith - 5 blocks; Shay Latture – 13 digs; and Haley Stallings – 2 aces, 10 digs.
The Lady Bobcats continue action in the Labor Day Classic on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. against Montana Tech and at 3:00 p.m. against Morningside (Iowa), who is receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll.