JV volleyball gains experience on the court

The young Lady Wolves hosted their annual JV tournament Saturday as seven teams battled it out on the court for the first place trophy. In a single bracket format, the Wolves had an opportunity to play all the other teams and gained a lot of court experience. "The tournaments are great for the girls because they get to play through so many different game situations and it’s such a great learning experience for them," said Kane head girls varsity volleyball coach Judy Kessler. "We did a lot of good things today and worked on those things that are our weaknesses. "It was a good day for the girls."In the round robin play (one full game to 25) the Wolves finished with a record of 5-1, making them the top seed of the tournament and earning them a bye into the semifinals where they lost a tough game to Sheffield.Against Smethport, the Wolves won 25-22. Cheyenne Wheatley led the team at the net as she put down six kills and had one block, dominating at points 14-15-16 with three well placed tips. With solid passing and serving, the Wolves were able to run their offense as setters Katie McCabe and Emily Hauser did a good job of putting the ball up for the hitters. Rachel Ferranto and Hauser each had aces. Olivia Kumher added two kills on the outside, one coming after a nice dig by Ferranto.Although the Wolves took their first loss to Redbank Valley (25-23) the teams stayed neck and neck through the entire game with the Wolves only having a five-point lead at any point (20-15). Wheatley continued to play smartly in the middle, earning five kills, three of them well placed tips. "Cheyenne has been really seeing the court and putting the ball where she knows she can get us a point, but not necessarily pounding it to the floor," Kessler said. "Playing smart gets us points too and she knows that." She also earned two aces, as did McCabe while Taylor Morgan had one.  Hannah Ross got her first kill of the game to give the Wolves a 22-20 lead. But with a few passing errors and smart net play by Redbank, the Wolves fell short two points of a win. "This was a huge improvement over our scrimmage in pre-season," Kessler said. "The girls weren’t intimidated by the fact that they had seen Redbank before and lost to them. "The girls played confidently and it just didn’t happen for us in the final points of the game."The Lady Wolves gave Sheffield their first loss of the day as they played a solid game for the 25-20 win. Wheatley continued to lead the Wolves offensively as she had three kills. Bonnie Wagner had her first two kills of the day on the outside, and Ross earned her second kill of the tournament. Morgan also had a kill from the outside. Wheatley continued to play well at the net with two blocks. Ferranto passed well from the backrow and earned a team leading three aces in the game. "Again, this was a team that we didn’t fare so well against in our pre-season scrimmage, but the girls didn’t let that interfere with their play," Kessler said. "They went onto the court with the idea that they have improved and grown as players in these last few weeks so they aren’t the same team that was in that scrimmage. They fought hard for this win and earned it."See full article by purchasing the Sept. 13 edition of The Kane Republican.