Hobbton’s JV and varsity Wildcats had their moments Thursday night against visiting Trask, but not enough of them to pull out the wins.
The junior varsity lost in two 17-25; 8-25.
Coach Russell Jones said the younger Wildcats, coming off a loss to Union, came out playing strong but soon falter, sending the ball into the net time after time.
“It just escalated from there,” Jones said, “and it got out of hand.” With seven girls on the team who’ve never played volleyball before this season, the coach said it was a process the young team had to work through.”
Individually for the JV, Melissa Gallegos had 1 ace; Kaley Matthews, 1 ace, 1 assist; and Haley Martinez, 3 aces, 1 kill.
The JV record moves to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
The varsity, coming off a win against the Spartans, faced a strong defensive team in Trask who, Jones said, kept the ball alive time after time. The visitors swept the ‘Cats 24-26; 20-25; 17-25.
“We held our own in the first couple of games. It would be 17-17 or 18-18, then they’d make a great play and get ahead and we couldn’t get back in it.”
In the third game, Jones said the ‘Cats got stressed and began pushing it too much. That frustration coupled with strong play from Trask spelled disaster for Hobbton.
“It was a disappointing loss,” Jones said.
Individually for the varsity team, Taylor Bowden had 2 aces, 2 kills and 14 assists; Marcie McLamb, 3 kills; Casey Hobbs, 3 aces, 6 kills and 3 blocks; Michaela Wilson, 4 aces, 7 kills; Courtney Phipps, 1 ace, 1 kill; McKenna Smith, 2 aces, 4 kills; and Haley Evans, 1 assist.
Hobbton’s varsity record moves to 6-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
The ‘Cats travel to powerhouse Lakewood for a cross-county matchup next Tuesday. The game begins with the JV at 4:30 p.m.