The Enterprise Lady Cats (0-1) got the 2019 volleyball season off to a tough start against the 2018 Class 4A State Runner-Up Providence Christian Lady Eagles (1-0) on Thursday, Aug. 22 and fell 3-2 in a hotly contested game.
After the Lady Eagles won the first set 25-19, a fired up Lady Cat team picked up a 29-27 win in the second set to tie things up 1-1. In the second set, both teams slugged it out back-and-forth before Enterprise was finally able to pull away.
In the third set, Providence Christian handed the Lady Cats a 25-15 win and looked poised to end the game early in the fourth set after taking a big early lead.
Enterprise was able to rally, however, and dominated the second half of the set to earn a 25-22 win and force a fifth and final set.
After the two sides traded points for much of the set and the score tied 14-14, the Lady Eagles were able to score back-to-back points to earn the 16-14 win and take the game.
“I think we waited to kick it into drive a little too late,” Enterprise coach Janie Wiggins said. “I think part of that was nervousness for the start of the season.
“Even though a lot of them are seniors you can still get butterflies and I think that had a lot to do with it.”
While the sluggish start was frustrating, Wiggins said she was pleased with her team’s grit and hustle throughout the game.
“The hustle that I saw out there tonight was excellent,” she emphasized. “They never quit and they rose up when they could have just laid down. You can’t ask for any more than that.”
Enterprise was led against Providence Christian by senior Morgan Harrelson with two aces, 15 kills, 12 digs and 12 assists. Fellow senior Rhiannon Keck added two aces and six digs, while senior Ali Wiggins had 17 kills, nine digs, 16 assists and three blocks.
Senior Tatiana Bonilla also had two aces and 21 digs, while senior Addy Thompson chipped in with five digs and junior Jaden Williams had four blocks.
Both Enterprise and Providence Christian are perennial powers in their respective classifications and because of that it’s sometimes tough to schedule early season out-of-area games. Janie Wiggins said that the upside to that is that playing a tough team like Providence Christian can only make her Lady Cats better.
“It’s really hard for both of us to get anyone else to play us on opening day, and we have to play at a high level throughout the season to get better,” she said. “If we had to play (Providence Christian) three times a week then that’s what we’d do to try and get better. That’s the whole point of starting out with them; to get better.”
The JV Lady Cats were able to pick up a 2-1 win over Providence Christian with the Lady Cats winning 25-20 in the first set and 15-6 in the third set. Providence Christian won 25-22 in the second set.
Leading the JV squad was Makenna Kennedy with two aces and seven assists, while Olivia Holland added two aces, three digs and seven assists.
Taniyah Pruitt also had seven kills, while Tay Daniel and Anna Catherine Goolsby both had two kills. Julia Dobras had eight blocks in the win.
The Lady Cats hit the road on Aug. 29 and travel to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the KSA Classic against a number of top teams from around the Southeast.