The Montgomery County varsity girls volleyball team, 9-15 overall, got off to a good start in Class 2, District 7 competition by downing Father Tolton, 7-15-3 overall, at Hermann on Monday.

What that led to for the Lady Wildcats on Wednesday was a spot in the semifinals against Hermann, 25-6-1 overall, and while the team did play hard, it simply wasn't able to pull off the upset and instead fell in two sets.

"Serving, as well as good team play, helped get us the win," said coach Rachel Lue after Monday's victory. "I was proud of the girls for fighting back in the second set and not going to a third. We were able to keep our composure and stay focused on getting the win."

Against Father Tolton for the Lady Wildcats Paige Oden gave the performance of a lifetime with 27 assists and three aces, Kayla Schmidt gave an eight-kill, five-dig performance and charting six assists each were Kristin Koch and Makenna Meyer. Hailey Hill also came through to the tune of seven kills and four digs.

On the other side of the this bracket in the semifinals on Wednesday Centralia, 17-8-1 overall, defeated Hallsville, 13-10-2 overall, in two sets. The Lady Panthers then lost in the finals to Hermann just as quickly.

In Class 3, District 8, on Wednesday Mexico, 9-13 overall, was eliminated in two sets by North Central Missouri Conference rival Boonville, 13-11-2 overall, at Marshall, but head coach Shayla Cox wants to wait until after the team banquet on Thursday before discussing these results.