Not only did the Lady Owls come into town with an identical district record, but the same style of play as the Lady Cats.
After losing the coin toss, the Lady Cats were put on the offensive and back and forth the game went with the largest margin for most of the game was three. The Lady Cats were down 22-18 when they rallied back to tie the game at 23 all.
With both team having side-out errors the game was again tied 24 all. Odem took the lead 25-24 but the Lady Cats came back to take game one 27-25.
“Game two would prove to be just as tough,” said Coach Sally Hemphill.
The Lady Cats began the game with a side-out error to give the Lady Owls the advantage and lead at 2-0. This game proved to be a struggle for the Lady Cats as they couldn’t recover and dropped game two 25- 21.
“Game three was totally dominated by the Lady Cats,” Hemphill said.
After taking advantage of Odem’s early side out error the Lady Cats took a 12-5 advantage and never looked back as the continued their dominance of game three 25-16.
Errors plagued the Lady Cats during game four. To catch the Lady Cats off guard, Odem changed their strategy to a tipping game. This proved to be unsettling for the Lady Cats.
As they continued to pound offensively against the Lady Owls to no avail, the Lady Owls tipped their way into a 25-18 victory.
“With their backs against the wall, the Lady Cats knew game five would be battle for both teams,” Hemphill said.
Odem won the toss and elected to serve.
“It seemed every missed hit; every roll off the net was going Odem’s way,” Hemphill said.
The Lady Cats were down early 10-5. As the stands cleared, the Lady Cats were down 14-7. Odem stepped up to serve, in what seemed to be a victory for the visiting Lady Owls. A net violation occurred and jubilation rang from the court and from Lady Cat fans.
With great composure, senior Kayla Firova stepped up to serve. Confidently serving eight straight serves to help bring home the victory for the Lady Cats, 16-14.
The JV 2 team lost a heartbreaking two of three games, 25-19 and 28-26, winning the second game 25-13.
The JV 1 team continued their undefeated district streak 25-15, 25-4.