Wildcats go 2-2 in Pleasanton

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August 30, 2016 - 12:00 AM

PLEASANTON — Marmaton Valley volleyball began its season on the road on Saturday in the Pleasanton Tournament.
The Wildcats were able to show off the benefits of returning a majority of their team from last season and having plenty of game experience. They used that to win close games throughout the day and earn a 2-2 record overall.
“It was a day of figuring out some things and now we are working through them,” Marmaton Valley coach Terra Kegler said.
In their first match of the day, the Wildcats faced off with Yates Center.
Marmaton Valley won the first set 25-14, but Yates Center responded with a grueling 31-29 victory in the second set.
Marmaton Valley was able to respond with a 25-16 victory in the third set to win the match. Senior Kyla Drake led the team with 11 kills against Yates Center.
Marmaton Valley setter Trinitee Gutierrez had a very strong game with her serve and Marmaton Valley was able to score 21 points with her toeing the line. Senior Misty Storrer and junior Makayla Brooks each added five kills in the win.
The ultimate test of Marmaton Valley’s composure and ability to close out a game came in their next match against Jayhawk-Linn.
The Wildcats won 25-23 in the first set.
It was even closer in the second set with the Wildcats emerging with a 26-24 victory to win in straight sets.
Sophomore Patricia Outlan led the team in kills against Jayhawk-Linn with seven. Drake was second with six.
Up next for Marmaton Valley was a matchup with the tournament’s host Pleasanton.
The Wildcats struggled in the opening set, dropping it 25-16.
They were able to respond in the second set with another close victory, winning 25-22.
The third set proved too much for the Wildcats, however. They lost 25-19 and suffered their first defeat in a match this season.
Drake had a team-high nine kills in the loss.
Brooks was second with five, while her sister Shayla Brooks and Storrer each chipped in four kills.
It didn’t get any easier for the Wildcats in their final match of the day when they faced Northeast Arma.
Marmaton Valley lost in straight sets, 25-15, 25-22.
Kegler hopes the intensity improves for her team in their future games.
“The girls know they have more in them than the effort that was given on Saturday,” Kegler said. “Confidence was definitely lacking.”
Marmaton Valley’s season continues tonight in Madison when they face Madison, Crest and Hartford.

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