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Lady Cats and Lady Raiders pull out wins

UNION – The North County Lady Raiders had their work cut out for them after dropping the first game to the host team, 19-25. But the lady Raiders buckled down and went to work and pulled out 25-21 and 25-23 wins in the second and third games to win the match.

Haley Motley led the team in service points with 10, blocks with two and kills with four. Jessica Pinkston had eight service points and Annie Hinch had six.

“There was a lot of volleying and tipping going on in the match, and not too many kills,” said North County coach Mary Warren.

The win was North County’s first of the new season. The Lady Raiders will host a tournament this Saturday.

Fredericktown 25-27, 25-22, 25-19, Chester, IL

CHESTER, IL – The Fredericktown Lady Cats had to cross the Mississippi River to get their last win. They did just that on Thursday when they defeated Chester, Illinois in three games, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19.

“Our girls needed this win,” said Fredericktown coach April Newell. “It was a good mental thing for us to take a game.”

Nicki Settlemoir led the team in kills with 11 and in digs with 20. Deidre Hughes led in blocks with four and also had five kills in the match. Danielle Johnson made 13 assists and had five aces at the service line.

Fredericktown plays next in the North County tournament on Saturday.

Arcadia Valley 25-5, 25-10, Kingston

IRONTON – The Arcadia Valley Lady Tigers made a short time of it against the Kingston Lady Cougars with a 25-5, 25-10 conference win Thursday night.

The match only took 25 minutes to play,” said Arcadia Valley coach Laura Williams.

That was mainly due to Sarah Wadlow who served 15 straight points in the first game and had a streak of nine in the second game.

Leah Williams had seven kills, and Megan Reichert had four. Kylee Stocum made seven successful assists. Reba Colony had four kills for Kingston and Alisha Aubuchon made five digs to lead the team.

The win was Arcadia valley’s first, and they will try to add more on Saturday when they will play in the North County tournament

Herculaneum 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, Central

HERCULANEUM – The Central volleyball squad let a potential road win slip away on Thursday night. After rolling through game one, the Lady Rebels hurt themselves will several crucial errors, allowing Herculaneum to keep its unbeaten season alive by the slimmest of margins in a 19-25, 25-23, 26-25 final.

The final five points of the match included two net violations and a missed serve against the Lady Rebels, who committed 22 hitting errors and seven missed serves as a team.

“There was good play from the other side, but did it to ourselves,” said Central coach Tracie Casey. “We played good defense and should have left with the win, but could not finish it off.”

Chelsea Pinson led Central on offense with 14 kills and Jessica Lawson added nine. Jessica Davis was also heavily involved in the action, piling up 26 assists while also making 15 digs along the back row. Nichole Helms made three solo blocks and assisted on another.

Central (2-3) will begin play at the SEMO Tournament today with matches against Portageville and Notre Dame.

CROSS COUNTRY

Webster Groves Invitational

ST. LOUIS – The Farmington cross country team had plenty to be pleased about on Thursday. The Knights left the Webster Groves Invitational with two varsity medalists and a dominant impression made by their strong group of freshman runners.

The competition was strong at the meet with 16 schools in the hunt. Freshman Angie Turner placed ninth in the girls’ varsity run with solid time of 22:09, and the boys’ varsity race saw sophomore Craig Wilson medal in 29th position with a time of 19:31.

A special race restricted to freshmen was featured with a shortened distance of 2.1 miles, and the Knights set the pace in the team standings by boasting five of the top 12 finishers.

Corey Pinkley completed the course in 12:36 to be the second athlete across the line, and Josh Bay placed fifth in 12:43. Houston Hargiss also enjoyed a top 10 run by finishing ninth in 12:56, and Bradley Wisdom was 11th with a mark of 13:03, just one second ahead of teammate Andrew McLean.

Farmington will spend the next two weeks preparing for the challenging inclines of the Hancock Invitational which takes place on September 26.

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