Because the Montgomery County varsity girls volleyball team has been willing to buy in to just about anything and everything head coach Rachel Leu has asked them to, success has started to become more than an occasional thing.
Not that the Lady Wildcats have a losing history because the truth is far from that, but while some squads have the luxury of creating specialists this team doesn't have the numbers for that. Instead, every member of this program has to be able to perform at every position because playing time becomes available based on need. With small numbers comes big responsibility for those on the bench when one of the starters goes down, and that's not a role any of these individuals takes lightly.
Because this team has such a single-minded mentality, it was more than eager to travel to New Haven on Thursday for a non-Eastern Missouri Conference matchup. And, even though the squad dropped the first set, 19-25, it then used six digs each from Anna Shaw and Makenna Meyer to swipe the next two sets, 31-29, 25-16, to win in three sets.
"This was a big win for us, New Haven is a very good team. The girls fought for the second set and ran away with the momentum in the third," Leu said. "This is the best we have played as a team and I could not be more proud of them."
Reigning over all of this with an astounding 30 assists for Montgomery County was Paige Oden, Hailey Hill backed her up with 12 kills and Kristin Kock chipped in with four kills.
Prior to that last Tuesday at Bowling Green in league competition the Lady Wildcats on-court justice was even swifter as Renee Finke came through to the tune of 11 kills and two blocks to help her team dismiss their hosts, 25-22, 25-14. Oden once again was impressive with 20 assists and Koch added four aces.
Montgomery County is next in action at Union on Tuesday in a non-league contest.