Area rivalries tend to feature more emotion and fewer league implications than the average regular-season contest.

For the North Callaway varsity volleyball team on Thursday at home against Centralia, that's exactly how things played out. The Ladybird's certainly would have preferred a different outcome, though, losing to the Lady Panthers, 16-25, 22-25.

"Varsity is doing a really good job at learning about the players next to them. We had some great volleys and we worked really hard," said coach Kayla Peterson. "We are learning every game and they just keep improving. A great aspect of this team, is that they know what they have to work on and they are willing to give it 100 percent."

Standing out for North Callaway was Sydney Harrison with 24 digs, three aces and two kills, adding 19 sets, four aces and two digs was Allyson Eichman and Nicole Emmons had 15 digs, nine sets, four kills and two aces. Becca Bloss also contributed 14 sets, four digs and a block, Madison Davis added 11 digs and Kathryn Zies chipped in with four digs, three sets and a kill.

In the JV game the Ladybird's were victorious, 20-25, 26-24, 15-10.

"Our JV pulled a win tonight and I am so proud of them. It is amazing to see a group of girls play like they have played together for years," Peterson said. "They take everything the coaches tell them and they are able to use it in a game and remember it in such a fast paced environment and that is an amazing accomplishment."

Charting 25 digs, three sets and a kill was Emily Korff, giving a 29-set, seven dig performance was Jillian Bryant and Kira Douglas had 23 digs, one ace and one kill.

The North Callaway C team was in action, as well, and lost, 13-25, 13-25.

"This was the C team’s first full game. They played hard and had some really great volleys," said Peterson. "They have improved so much and they continue to amaze me with how much they improve with every game."

The Ladybird's were at the Hallsville Invitational over the weekend and will be at Wright City on Tuesday.