It was gut-check time Thursday night in Arkadelphia after the Lady Cat volleyball team had a disappointing loss at Waldron on Tuesday. And Booneville’s girls delivered when they needed it most.
The Lady Cats (9-5, 3-1) humbled Arkadelphia and defense was a large part of it. Libero Hannah McClung set a new record for digs in a match with 65, overwhelming the previous mark of 49. And it was also a memorable night for setter Jaycie Rodatz, who became the career assist leader with 412 and also broke her own record for consecutive serves inbounds. The junior now has a streak of 118, going over the previous mark of 115.
Booneville hopes to keep things rolling when the second half of the conference season begins at Ashdown tomorrow night.
Waldron def. Lady Cats
(17-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-10)
Booneville came out on fire as Hiley Sage Catlett started things with an ace which was followed by Raylynn Scott’s kill and a tip from Whitney Weaver. It was 4-0 before Waldron scratched the board and a kill from Catlett and a spike and block for Grace Farmer made it 12-6. Later, Taylor Bauer got a pair of kills and Catlett finished it as she started it, with an ace.
Waldron started strong in game two but Booneville’s power game kept them in it early. Four different players got spikes to pull BHS within 8-6, but the Lady Bulldogs then ran nine straight points off. Farmer halted the run with a kill and Hannah McClung followed with an ace, but by then Waldron had established control and evened the match.
The Lady Cats got consecutive Ashdon Ross kills and Jaycie Rodatz’s second ace of the match made it 6-6 early in the third game and it was also tied at 7 and at 8, but Booneville could not hold on to their serve. At 13-11 for Waldron, Catlett blasted a spike off the Waldron blockers and out, but the officials ruled that the ball had gone straight out. WHS then ran off the last eight points to win it. The Lady Bulldogs established a 7-1 lead early in the fourth game; a McClung kill from the back row that knocked down the WHS libero got BHS within 9-5 but Waldron ended things with a 16-6 run.
Ross and Catlett each scored with five kills and Farmer added four. Catlett also added 13 assists while McClung was good for 37 digs.
Lady Cats def. Arkadelphia
(25-12, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21)
Two Taylor Bauer kills set the tone and Raylynn Scott followed with an ace, with Jaycie Rodatz getting two more for an 8-3 lead. A back-row kill by Hannah McClung and a Whitney Weaver push extended the lead as a frustrated Lady Badger team made error upon error, mainly because nearly all their kill efforts were repelled by McClung. It was fitting that the sophomore served the last two points of the game as Booneville grabbed the advantage.
Two aces by Catlett and a seven-point run on Weaver’s serve after she had scored with a kill staked BHS to an early 11-3 lead in the second game. Later, Weaver would add three kills in four points and Scott got another for a 20-14 advantage. AHS crept back within 22-20 but Bauer then got a kill and the Lady Cats hung on.
The Lady Badgers got out to an early lead in the third game but kills by Ashdon Ross and Grace Farmer tied the score. Kills by Catlett and Bauer returned the lead to Booneville but Arkadelphia answered with an 11-1 run. Booneville fought back, and back-to-back kills by Catlett knotted things at 24. The second spike gave Rodatz the assist record for a career. McClung made a kill from the back row for 25-25 but Ross had a rare miss on her serve and McClung couldn’t come up with the next dig as AHS took the game.
Kills by Weaver, Ross and Bauer and a Weaver ace put Booneville on top in game four. Arkadelphia got a five-point run but McClung answered with back-to-back aces, then Catlett added another and Weaver spiked the ball for 17-11. AHS then closed within 18-17 but Farmer slapped down a Lady Badger dig that was too close to the net. Catlett also got a kill before Farmer and Weaver stuffed an Arkadelphia spike. This gave the Lady Cats all the momentum they needed, and Catlett finished it off with a cross-court kill.
McClung was almost flawless on the back row as she came up with 65 digs, half of the 130 total for the team which also is a record. Bauer scored with eight kills while Catlett and Weaver had seven each. Scott and Farmer had strong games at the net while Ross had a good night in her own right with 26 digs in 29 tries. Catlett had 17 assists and Rodatz 15