Volleyball Senior Night

Photos by Shari Harris
Seniors and their families were honored Monday, Oct. 21, between matches. Seniors clockwise from top left are Maggie Cline, Maddy Cole, Abby Cole, Anjeni Morrell, Ashley Creek and Abagail Moncrief.
By Shari Harris

The Licking Lady Wildcats celebrated Senior Night on Monday, Oct. 21, in the Sherman Hill Field House. Six seniors were honored, along with their greatest supporters, their families.
Maggie Cline, #2, was accompanied by Lanny and Cassandra Cline and Elaina and Shawn Degon. In addition to volleyball, Cline is involved in Lady ‘Cat Track and Field, Student Council, FCCLA, Science Club, FCA, FBLA, Pep Club and the youth group at Rock Springs Baptist Church. Her future plans include becoming a sports trainer while continuing her career in volleyball. Cline was Academic All-State in 2018.
Abby Cole, #1, shares her family with her sister and senior teammate Maddy Cole. They were accompanied by Mandi Wilkins and Brad and Sunni Cole. Abby’s other activities include Student Council treasurer, Lady ‘Cat Track and Softball, National Honor Society, Science Club and TCMH Youth Ambassador volunteer. She plans to attend nursing school to become a registered nurse then eventually become a CRNA. Abby Cole was First Team All-District her sophomore and junior year and Academic All-State for three consecutive years.
Madilynn Cole, #6, the other half of the formidable Cole duo, is involved in Lady ‘Cat Softball, Science Club and National Honor Society. She plans to study Early Childhood Education/Special Education and would like to continue her volleyball career in college. Maddy Cole was Academic All-State for three years plus this year and was offensive player of the year in 2018.
Ashley Creek, #4, was accompanied by her parents, Wayne and Melissa Creek. Creek is involved with Lady ‘Cat Tennis, FCCLA, Science Club, National Honor Society and the youth group at Rock Springs Baptist Church. She plans to attend college to become a social worker. Creek was Academic All-State for three years.
Abagail Moncrief, #44, took the floor with mother Corie Creech and grandmother Sherry Moncrief. Moncrief’s other activities include Lady ‘Cat Basketball and Track, Science Club, National Honor Society, FCCLA, TCMH Youth Ambassador and the youth group at Rock Springs Baptist Church. Moncrief plans to attend college to become a registered nurse. She has been Academic All-State for three consecutive years.
Anjeni Morrell, manager, was accompanied by Michael Morrell. She is involved in National Honor Society, Science Club, FBLA, Yearbook and Student Council. Morrell plans to study accounting at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Photo by Shari Harris
Kaida Cook and Maci Sparks block a spike
 from the Redwings in their second set.

Coach Ashley Martin delivered a touching tribute to the seniors, then their teammates presented them with gifts.
The crowd was treated to Morgan Langford singing a beautiful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, then it was game time.
With five senior players, the Lady ‘Cats played their final regular season home game with a lot of heart. After allowing the Redwings to stay even for the beginning of the game, the Lady ‘Cats took control after a 6-6 tie and gradually built on their lead to win the first set 25-15.
The Lady ‘Cats left no doubt in the second set, blowing past the Redwings 25-7.
The Junior Varsity ‘Cats also defeated the Eminence Redwings Monday, 25-5 in both sets.
The final regular season game was Thursday evening on the road, against Willow Springs. The JV Lady ‘Cats took the match to three sets and came out on the winning end against the Lady ‘Bears. Varsity also continued on their winning ways and ended their regular season with a win over Willow Springs.
The Lady ‘Cats entered District play earlier this week with a first seed berth and a first round bye. They played Tuesday evening against Conway, who defeated Houston Monday in the first round.

Volleyball districts were hosted in Licking this year, with games played Monday night between Houston and Conway, won by Conway, and between Mtn. View Liberty and Thayer, won by Mtn. View. Conway was scheduled to play Licking Tuesday night at 5 p.m., and Mtn. View to play Cabool at 6 p.m. The winners of these two matches were scheduled to meet for the district finals at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Photo by Shari Harris
Conway celebrates their win over Houston as 
the match point goes their way Monday night.

Photo by Shari Harris
Houston attempts to rally against 
Conway in the first round of 
Districts Monday night.



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