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.
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.