The Oak Ridge High School Lady Wildcat Volleyball Team travelled to Maryville Monday night for a non-District Match. The Lady Wildcats came up short losing 1-3. “Overall I’m please with the way we played tonight,” said Head Coach Dave Kolodney. “We played a great first set and should have been able to finish out the second.” Oak Ridge came out strong winning the first set and started just as strong in the 2nd. The Lady Wildcats had the Lady Rebels at Set Point 24-18 in the 2nd, only to eventually drop the set 26-28. “I think it would have been a different Match if that set had gone our way,” continued Kolodney. “We lost the momentum and it kind of took the wind out of our sails. We made a bunch of good plays the rest of the way but lost our energy and our speed.” The Lady ‘Cats managed to average 11 Kills/Set which is their highest recorded Kill average in a loss this year, yet also finished with 26 Attack Errors as they struggled to stop Maryville’s attack which made it difficult to consistently stay in their own offense. “Maryville is a great hitting team and it’s important for us to see teams like that as we prepare for our playoff run,” Kolodney finished. Oak Ridge was led by Sophomore Outside Hitter, Ainsley Patrick, who led the team with 13 Kills, 6 Aces, and chipped in with 3 Blocks, and was named Player of the Match by Kolodney.
The Lady Wildcats return to action Tuesday night for a District Match at West. Oak Ridge falls to 19-7 (9-0 District) on the Season.