BY RICK WRIGHT –
The Ladycats hosted the Paris Lady Eagles Tuesday night. Each time these two state volleyball powers have met this year, it’s been a battle down to the last serve, dig, set, and kill shot. The final game score, with Paris winning the match three games to one, does not reflect the battle. Like two heavy weight fighters throwing punch for punch, keeping those in the stands on the edge of their seats.
Perhaps the most valuable asset the Lady Eagles have, may not be their overpowering size at the net, though their size is tough to handle, but their back line where one of the smallest players on the floor made dig after dig after dig, leading to sets and kill shots by the Paris big girls. The Lady Eagles seem to dig the majority of Mena’s kill shot attempts, shots that usually earn the Ladycats points.
Mena had their share of great defensive digs as well, but Tuesday night it went the Lady Eagles way. These two powerhouse volleyball teams consistently push one another to the next level and regardless of the score, make each other better.
Paris won game one 25-18, however Mena rallied to take game two 25-22.
Paris battled back to win game three 25-19, before defeating the Ladycats 32-30 in the fourth game to win the match.