Lady Wildcats win in two sets
The Taft junior varsity volleyball team returned to single match play with an element of success Tuesday afternoon when they outlasted the Highland Scots 25-13 and 25-19 at home.
“The girls played excellent,” said Taft coach Taylor Miller. “The skill they need to work on the most is communicating on the court.”
With the victory, Taft improves to 6-6 on the young season.
Taft and Highland were involved in a battle early in the match with the teams tying each other three times. The Lady Wildcats finally broke the string of ties with a 7-0 run thanks in part to a pair of aces.
Highland ended the run with back-to-back points but Taft outscored the Lady Scots 6-2 to up their lead to 18-10. After Highland cut the lead to seven, Taft scored seven out of the next nine points to win the first set by 12.
Like the first set, Taft and Highland were locked in a tight battle in the opening stages of the second set with the teams tying each other six different times.
Following a rally to get the go ahead point, Taft took off with an 8-0 run to lead 17-9.
Highland bounced back as they chipped away at the Lady Wildcat lead over the next several moments to cut the Taft lead to three at 18-15. The set remained close the rest of the way but the Lady Wildcats outlasted the Lady Scots 7-4
Kennedy Kunce led Taft in kills with 3, serving points with 17 and serving aces with 3.
Halle Neher led the Lady Wildcats in digs with 13 and had one kill. Kayla Schuyler and Mariah Holland followed in digs with 10. Schuyler also had two aces and one kill.
Sarah Scovel had four assists and one ace while Desirae Navarro had two assists, one ace and five serving points.
Taft returns to action this weekend when they take part in the Golden Valley Tournament.
Taft competes in local tournament
The Lady Wildcats competed in their second tournament of the season last Saturday with mixed results after going 1-3 at the Liberty Tournament in Bakersfield.
Taft got off to a rough start when they lost to the Stockdale freshmen team 25-20 and 25-16 in the first match of the tournament. The Lady Wildcats fell to Mira Monte in their second match by scores of 25-16 and 25-23 before the Lady Wildcats defeated Cesar Chavez 25-21.
The Lady Wildcats wrapped up their tournament run by losing to the Stockdale freshmen again by a score of 25-12.