The Melissa Lady Cardinals closed out their regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with a three-set of sweep of Bonham (0-10) at Melissa High’s Bird Cage, 25-10, 25-14, 25-10. With the win, the Lady Cards (8-2) nailed down sole possession of second place in District 11-4A behind Celina (9-1) and set their sights on the playoffs.
Freshman Caroline Kasson collected nine kills and a .438 hitting percentage, both team-highs for Melissa. Senior Alli Boedeker led the Lady Cards with a 3.0 passing rating and senior Amanda Kocsis was close by at 2.56. Gill Gray posted four blocks, tops for Melissa, and sophomore Sophia Davis had a team-high 18 assists.
“Although we won (by big margins), I complemented the team on remaining focused and not allowing Bonham to get on a run like the previous time we played them, when we allowed them 20 points in Set 1,” Melissa head coach Frank DePaolo said.
It was Senior Night at Melissa and five Lady Card seniors were recognized before and during the match. Those honored included Karen Whitson, Henley Walker, Boedeker, Gray and Kocsis.
“Being able to honor the seniors with a curtain call of sorts in Set 3 was special,” DePaolo said. “We played ourselves into position that allowed us to sub-out all five seniors and our announcer was able to honor each one as she exited the home floor for the last time.”
On Friday, Oct. 28, Melissa prepared for its Nov. 2 bi-district playoff match against Crandall with a warm-up match versus Ponder.
“Our warm-up match did everything I could have asked for us,” DePaolo said. “We played a really good opponent that was able to make us play at our best to win. Each set was a fight.”
The Lady Cards prevailed, 25-23, 22-25, 30-28, 26-24.
“Putting in an offense that allowed us to take advantage of our size and quickness on the front row was a key to winning,” DePaolo said. “Hopefully, it will lead to good things in the playoffs as well.”
Melissa’s top servers versus Ponder were Kocsis, with four aces, and Kasson, with three. Four players led the team in kills with 11 each: Boedeker, Gray, Kasson and sophomore Susan Blake. Walker posted a team-high serve-receive passing rating of 2.36.
In a season-first, six Lady Cards had double-digit digs: Kocsis with 26, Walker, Blake and Davis with 11 each, Charley Lane with 14 and Kasson with 13.