Marshfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- With districts just two weeks away, the Marshfield Lady Jays (12-10-1, 3-2) and Rogersville Wildcats (15-9-1, 3-1) were looking to improve their records and finish the season strong as they met in a Central Ozark Conference – Small matchup.
With Pink-Out night in Marshfield, a generous crowd was on hand. However, the Wildcats would not give them much to cheer about as they took control of the match early.
“It was quiet in here,” said Rogersville coach Tammy Miller. “Coming off a big weekend, we held our composure and didn’t let outside things influence our play.”
With sophomore setter Breanne Freeman serving, Rogersville began with a quick 6-0 start. After an early timeout from Marshfield head coach Lisa Messick, the Lady Jays tried to rally by getting as close as 17-16, but the Lady Wildcats were too much as they closed out the first set strong and won 25-20.
Trying to rebound, Marshfield took an early lead in the second set, but it didn’t last. With senior Austen McGranahan serving, the Lady Wildcats went on a 10-0 run and never looked back as they also won the second set 25-15.
While Rogersville was led by sophomore Breanne Freeman and senior Allie Dunton, it was the entire Rogersville team that stepped up and played well as a group.
“It was a total team effort,” Miller said. “We have talked a lot about being a team and staying together and not letting outside things influence our play.”
Rogersville’s solid play was no surprise for Messick. She knew her team was in for a fight before the game began and realized they must play well in order to compete.
“Rogersville is a good team,” said Messick. “They swing a lot, and we knew they were going to swing at a lot of balls. We wanted to keep the ball in play and make as few errors as possible.”
Although the Lady Jays seemed to struggle much of the evening, the loss gives Messick an idea of what her team needs to improve on before the upcoming district tournament.
“We struggled a lot with their offense. We didn’t have a good first dig, and it felt like we were on defense most of the night. Tomorrow in practice we are going to work on blocking and defense. We need to get blockers in better position,” Messick said.
Next up, the Lady Jays continue league play as Springfield Catholic (13-12, 0-4) travels to Marshfield on Thursday, Oct. 11. The Rogersville Lady Wildcats also continue league play as they return home to take on Hollister (12-6-2, 2-2) on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Rogersville 2, Marshfield 0
Marshfield: Theobald 6
Rogersville: Hutchison 7
Marshfield: Crawford 12
Rogersville: Dunton 19
Marshfield: Vermillion 2
Rogersville: Stiles 3
Marshfield: Crawford 7
Rogersville: Freeman 21