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Volleyball Lady Wave have perfect week

Sunday, October 14, 2012

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The Lady Wave's Christa Acup pops up a Lady Bulldog serve during last Thursday night's road win.
Fans of the Malden High School Lady Wave volleyball team have been pleased at the success the ladies have had under the tutelage of head coach Jon Smith. The girls had one of their best years ever last year, and have thus far done as well or better this year. This past week the Lady Wave took on Campbell, Richland, and Gideon, recording victories in every game, both varsity and junior varsity.

Things started out when the Lady Camels visited Malden on Monday, October 1. The JV Lady Wave took a straight set win over the Campbell girls, 25-21, 25-16.

Smith explained, "The JV came out and played a solid game. We played hard the whole way. Justice Carlock led the team in kills with five, followed by Molly French with four. Hannah Wilson led the team in assists with five, followed by Elizabeth Blume with four. Mackenzie Miller and Kaitlyn Richards had nine digs each.

Malden's varsity had a harder time of it, but toughed it out to take their games 21-25, 25-17, 25-11.

"We came out a little sluggish tonight," said Smith. "We came in a little rusty off the weekend, but we were able to shake it off and play a little better in the second and third sets. Sarah Bukich led in kills, blocks, and digs with 16, three, and 26, respectively. McKenna Pyland chipped in with seven kills. Sydney Hooten had 17 assists."

The Lady Wave hit the road to Essex the following day, facing down the Richland Lady Rebels 25-12, 25-19 in a combined varsity competition.

"We were very pleased with the game the varsity played tonight," said Smith. "They came in focused and executed well. We played very efficiently. We did not have a lot of empty possessions and we didn't take many possessions off. We played really well tonight. Sarah Bukich led the team in kills and blocks with seven and three, respectively. Sarah Beth Wilson led in assists with seven, followed by Sydney Hooten with five. McKenna Pyland led in digs with 14 and also contributed three kills."

It was back on the busses the following Thursday to visit Gideon. The JV Lady Wave topped the Lady Bulldogs 25-15, 25-21.

According to Smith, "The JV played great tonight. They came in very focused on the game and it showed in their execution. We were very proud of the way they played. Justice Carlock led the way in kills with seven, followed by Kelsey Mullins with four. Mullins also had six assists and five digs. Elizabeth Blume also chipped in with six assists and three kills. Kaitlyn Richards led in digs with 16."

Watching the first set of the varsity contest, one could be forgiven for predicting a loss for Malden, but those who know the tough gals on our varsity squad, weren't surprised when the ladies came back to win 23-25, 26-24, 25-12.

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Staff Photo/ Scott Matthews Malden's Ashton Howell dives to save the ball against Gideon.
Coach Smith explained, "This was one of the best games we have played all season. Both teams came in focused and played very hard. Our execution tonight was on point and we played as hard as we could. We were so proud of the way our girls played. At one point in the second set we were down 24-21 but we kept battling and never gave up. It was a great win for us. Sarah Bukich blew up the stat sheet with 25 kills, 11 blocks, and 23 digs. McKenna Pyland chipped in with five kills. Sydney Hooten led in assists with 16, followed by Sarah Beth Wilson with eight. Ashton Howell led in digs with 24. Erica Joiner served a team high nine aces while also contributing two kills and four blocks."

The Lady Wave is currently hosting the Bootheel Conference Tournament with both the varsity and junior varsity squads going in seeded number two. The tournament started on Monday, October 8 and the championship round is scheduled for Thursday.



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