For the Montgomery County varsity girls volleyball team, it's trip to North Callaway last Thursday was not only the first time it played on the road this season, but the contest was its initial Eastern Missouri Conference matchup of 2018-19, so this squad was definitely being tested.
The Ladybird's, on the other hand, haven't had quite the stability to their program that they were hoping for since it began five years ago and are looking for that to change with the arrival of first-year coach Amy Wells.
Last season the Lady Wildcats didn't always show up mentally prepared for every matchup, and when combined with their low numbers that led to some poor results. If there's any squad that would love to sneak away with an upset win based on effort and energy it's North Callaway, but Montgomey County head coach Rachel Leu has vowed that she, her staff and her team have learned from those lessons.
Because of this she's vowed that the mistakes she and the Lady Wildcats made last year won't be repeated this season and last Thursday it showed as her team was able to defeat the Ladybird's 25-14, 25-21.
"We played well last night, especially the first set," Leu said. "We did a better job of keeping ourselves up, mentally, and not allowing our mistakes get us down."
Tying everything together for Montgomery County with 18 assists was Paige Oden, getting down to make seven digs was Anna Shaw and putting up seven aces was Renee Finke. Kristin Koch and Hailey Hill had five kills each, as well.
Montgomery County, 1-1 overall, 1-0 EMO, is at Bowling Green today.
North Callway, 0-2 overall, 0-1 EMO, has a non-league contest at Fulton today.