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Wildcat clawed by Bearcats 2-0

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HCHS volleyball

By Greg Woods

The Walton-Verona buzz saw struck again, this time setting the Henry County Lady Cats in its sights.

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On Aug. 29, Henry County hosted the Lady Bearcats, who were on a 2-0 tear after falling to Trimble County in the All A Classic. After that loss, Walton ripped through Carroll and Gallatin Counties before heading to New Castle.

In the first game, the Lady Cats got out to a 4-3 lead before Walton went on a devastating 10-0 run featuring an assortment of kills, tips, blocks and dinks. The Cats tried to keep the game close with several long rallies during the run, but to no avail. Walton’s frontline play was just too strong.

At 18-8 Walton killed, aced and blocked to go up 21-8, on their way to win the game 25-11.

In the second game, the Lady Cats started with a kill from Krista DeBurger, a hitting mistake by Walton and a kill by Megan Peyton to take a 3-0 lead. But Walton came back with an 8-0 run to take control again.

The Lady Cats had trouble getting back in the game as Walton had several more long runs. Henry managed to stop a run but then had trouble with their serves, which wound up being crucial in the match as Walton won the second and deciding game 25-14.

“They were a better team than we were,” Henry County head coach Katie Ruff said. “They had some really great hitters and they found holes on our court. Any time we would get the ball back we would lose momentum by making a silly mistake or missing a serve.”

Ruff believes that sophomore Destany Crawford is continuing to show marked improvement. “Destany had some great blocks for us,” she said. “I was so impressed by her. She really stepped up.”

Ruff found plenty for her team to work on before their Tuesday night match with Spencer.

“I think we need to work on our footwork and being much quicker to react to the ball and the plays,” she said. “We are going to learn how to read what is coming and talk to one another. I really thought we took a few steps back, but we are going to get back to work and come out stronger next time!”