Lady ‘Cats dominate Fairfield


By Robert Stegbauer - [email protected]



Whiteoak’s MaKayla Risner (35) hits a ball just over the hands of Fairfield’s Ciara Knisley during the game on Thursday night. Also pictured are Whiteoak’s Emma Wardlow (32) and Hannah Maynard (2), and Fairfield’s Sarah Buddelmeyer (6).


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It was Volley for the Cure night at Whiteoak High School on Thursday night as the Lady ‘Cats volleyball team hosted Southern Hills Athletic Conference opponent the Fairfield Lady Lions.

The Whiteoak girls gave their fans a game to cheer for on a night where there was a silent auction, split the pot and a competition right before the game started where fans could pay a dollar to try and serve a ball over the net and hit a target.

The Lady ‘Cats were in control for most of the night and were ahead in every set all the way through. In the end, the Lady ‘Cats pulled off the three game sweep with scores of 25-14, 25-19, and 25-18.

“We really needed to win this tonight,” said Whiteoak coach Katie Pollard after the win. “We’ve been struggling here lately, especially with our serves. The girls came out that first match pumped and ready to play. Our warm-ups were nice. The girls were hitting the ball really well. When we’re hitting the ball well, we’re on. They just have to continue to do that all the time.

“We had some awesome net play by Lexi Jones and Hannah Maynard. They were up there getting good blocks. Lexy for sure stepped up this game. Her serves have been struggling and she improved there. She really did it all tonight. She did everything that I needed her to do.

“Our serves were much better tonight than they have been. Emma Wardlow just rocks the ball every time she serves. Hannah Maynard is an amazing server and Morgan Knoblach she is one you can always count on. I bet she hasn’t missed over three serves all year, she’s just that good of a server.”

Coach Pollard also had some words to say about the Volley for the Cure that the Lady ‘Cats had.

“This was our first Volley for the Cure we’ve had in a couple years,” Pollard said. “The girls asked me at the end of last school year when I took over the coaching job if we could we could do it and I said it would be great. It was a lot of work but we had some awesome donations for our silent auction tonight. I sent out my juniors and seniors one night and they got they got all kinds of donations from all over Brown, Adams and Highland County. I’m anxious to see how much we raised with that and the split the pot. The serving game was a little harder than I thought it would be but I think everyone enjoyed it.”

Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.

Whiteoak’s MaKayla Risner (35) hits a ball just over the hands of Fairfield’s Ciara Knisley during the game on Thursday night. Also pictured are Whiteoak’s Emma Wardlow (32) and Hannah Maynard (2), and Fairfield’s Sarah Buddelmeyer (6).
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Volley.jpgWhiteoak’s MaKayla Risner (35) hits a ball just over the hands of Fairfield’s Ciara Knisley during the game on Thursday night. Also pictured are Whiteoak’s Emma Wardlow (32) and Hannah Maynard (2), and Fairfield’s Sarah Buddelmeyer (6). Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette

By Robert Stegbauer

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