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LHS Classic

Photo by Shari Harris
The Licking Lady Wildcats volleyball team won second place in the LHS Classic. Front row from left: Manager Cadrian Hutsell, Abby Cole, Kylie Taylor, Abagail Moncrief, Ashley Creek, and Kimrey Krewson. Back row from left: Kylee Layton, Coach Ashley Martin, Kasey Richards, Kamryn Barnes, Maggie Cline, Maddy Cole, Winter Murray, Kaida Cook, Asst. Coach Kaitlyn Baker, and Anjeni Morrell.
By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

The Lady Wildcats came into this year’s LHS Classic after two wins earlier in the week, over Dixon on Monday night and Summersville Tuesday night. Saturday’s Classic was a day full of volleyball, with pool play followed by semifinal and final matches for the Lady ‘Cats.
In pool play, Licking faced Houston, Eminence, Steelville and St. Charles and came through with eight sets won, no losses. St. Charles also made it to the semifinals from the Black Pool.
Photo by Shari Harris
Kamryn Barnes powers up then uses a light touch
 to score against Eminence in the LHS Classic.
In the Orange Pool, Mtn. View Liberty and Cabool came to the semifinals, with other competitors in their pool
being Salem, Summersville and Willow Springs.
Licking faced Mtn. View Liberty in the semi final match and the Lady ‘Cats found revenge for their 2018 defeat, winning in two sets. Cabool defeated St. Charles in the opposite semi-final match to advance to the finals against Licking.
The third place match pitted St. Charles against Mtn. View Liberty. The Lady Pirates from the east were no match for South Central Missouri’s Mtn. View-Liberty Lady Eagles, and the Lady Eagles took third.
In the final match, Licking faced Cabool, a strong competitor against whom they have had mixed success. Licking was down 10-20 in the first set before starting to rally. Licking scored three before a side out, then exchanged points with the Lady Bulldogs up to 15-22. After adding another point, Cabool’s Coach Reeves called a time-out to settle her team, but Licking added another two points despite her efforts, closing the score to 18-22. But it was too late in the end, with the Lady Bulldogs earning two consecutive points to go up 18-24, then exchanging side outs with the Lady ‘Cats to end with a 19-25 score.
In the second set, Cabool gained the lead after a brief exchange of serves, with a rally to go ahead 2-12. Licking fought to get back in the game, and rallied late again, closing to within three points, 18-21, but the Lady ‘Cats were unable to muster enough momentum to overtake the Lady Bulldogs, losing 18-25.

Licking earned second place in the LHS Classic against a field of good teams and only lost one match throughout the tournament.

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