Combining for a team total of 74 digs and 41 kills, the Lady Wildcats rallied to defeat their biggest rivals, Edgewood Jr./ Sr. High, in a intense five setter game in the West Shore gym on Friday night in front of a large and supportive home crowd. The final score was 21-25, 25-14, 21-25, 28-26, 16-14.
“Another amazing come-from-behind win from the Wildcats in front of a large, rowdy home crowd,” Coach Priester said. “We played with conviction and composure to push the score when we were behind 13-8. It was definitely a team win.”
The “fill-the-gym” event held by the volleyball team drew a large crowd that filled the bleachers and chered loudly for the players. Feeding off of the excitement and encouragement of their fans, the Lady Wildcats persevered to pull of an enormous comeback late in the fourth game as they were trailing Edgewood 19-23. After winning the serve, the team pushed points with consistent defense and offensive plays to win the game 28-26, giving themselves a shot at victory in the fifth set.
“I was close to the court snapping photos, but had to choose whether to view the game from the limited view inside the lens or to put my camera aside to watch all the action,” said Cheri Wenger, the parent of junior Kylie Wenger. “I flip flopped between watching and photographing with my heart beating so fast that I could feel my chest pounding with each dig and hit as I nervously watched. There was this belief throughout the packed stands to not give up cheering for a team that was totally capable of a comeback, despite being down 8-13. When they won the first point on Meagan [Larsen’s] serve the confidence and cheering grew. I yelled, “serve us all the way to 15!” When Kylie had to serve at 14-14 I felt nervous for her, but [the] Wildcats proved that [their] middle name is Tenacity with the amazing victory. [It was] truly the most exciting game of the season yet.”
With this victory, the Lady Wildcats climbed to 7-1, tying them for first in the district with Cocoa Beach Jr./ Sr. High. They will face off against Astronaugh High School on Tuesday and Cocoa High School on Thursday in the West Shore gym.