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Volleyball Wildcats win Cabool Tournament

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Varsity winners of the Cabool Tournament, as well as some JV team members were, from left: kneeling – Kiley Ingram, Kylie Taylor and Winter Murray; middle row – Zoey Dawson, Linzie Wallace and Halee Clayton; in back – Coach Terri Moncrief, Allie Hock, Raylee Clayton, Abbie Sullins, Hannah Medlock, Maci Sparks, Kinlee Keaton and Asst. Coach Callie Smith.

By Shari Harris, Publisher

The Licking Lady Wildcat Volleyball team traveled to Cabool Saturday for the annual Lady Bulldogs Cabool Invitational Tournament. Both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams competed in the 15-team event, in separate pools.

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Junior Varsity split in pool play with Plato, and battled hard against the otherwise all-varsity teams.

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The Varsity Wildcats lost two sets to Winona in pool play, 23-25 and 21-25, but took both sets against Couch, Neosho and Salem to advance to bracket play. The three-pool tournament advanced six teams to the brackets, with Houston and Winona earning first round byes, Mtn. Grove facing Licking and Cabool opposing Ava. Cabool advanced to the semifinals then fell to the Houston Lady Tigers.

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Licking overcame Mtn. Grove in two sets, 25-15 and 25-11, to advance to the semifinal round against Winona. The evenly matched teams fought through three sets, often trading points, with Licking persevering to win 25-20, 21-25 and 25-15.

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In the final against Houston, despite the grueling preceding match against Winona, the Lady Wildcats found a final wind and won the tournament, 25-17 and 25-21.

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On Thursday, Sept. 16, the Lady Wildcats traveled to Salem and defeated the Tigers in three sets, 25-11, 25-18 and 25-23. Junior Varsity won in two, 25-14 and 25-12. The C team played and also won in two, with a score of 25-19 in both sets.

Tuesday, Sept. 14, Licking hosted the Cabool Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Wildcats left no doubt as they won in three sets, 25-11, 25-11 and 25-16. Junior Varsity played one set, which they won, 25-20.

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