Archive for Thursday, September 21, 2000

Cats, Jags square off

September 21, 2000

Forget the recent struggles at the tournament in Lansing. None of that matters now. The DeSoto Wildcats had a good week of practice and are ready to take on visiting Mill Valley Thursday in a quad match.

"We are just as good as they are," said junior setter Tia Bernard. "It is all about attitude. If we go in positive and decide to play hard, we will do well."

But attitude can only carry a team so far.

"We need to work on getting all of our passes to the setter," sophomore Emily Holton said.

DeSoto struggled in that department in losing four straight matches at the Lansing tournament earlier this month. Getting the ball into the hands of the setter, the playmaker of the offense, is essential for playing offense in volleyball.

Thursday's match, which also features Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs, is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

DeSoto coach Kelly Meyer believes having coached most of the Mill Valley players in the past will create an advantage for her and the Wildcats.

"I know how they play," she said. "There is definitely a rivalry and I think it will be a good tough game."

Meyer has said throughout the season she has a good team. While the Wildcats have struggled this season, she still sees a lot of potential.

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