After a hyper-successful weekend of play, the Lady Cardinals were able to keep their perfect record intact while adding to their already overcrowded trophy case with a win at the Collin County SpikeFest.
"This marks the first time the girls have won the Collin County SpikeFest since its origination seven years ago," coach Whitney Nelson said. "We rallied and fought back against losses that started against Holliday and Celina, but showed to be a strong and well-rounded team. They played like the veteran team that they are and came out on top."
Melissa now sits at 8-0 and will compete in the Prosper tournament Thursday and Saturday. It will begin pool play against Paris North Lamar at 9:15 a.m., North Hills Prep at 11:45 a.m. and Pilot Point at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday
In an early game that was over quickly, Melissa crushed Farmersville in the Bird Cage on Tuesday night, sweeping the Lady Farmers 25-13, 25-11, 25-6. Amber Melcher led the team with 15 points off of serves and Riley Duzenack added 12. Connar Newberry added seven kills in the set.
In the championship game at the SpikeFest tournament, Melissa was able to overcome a loss in the opening match to win two must win games and earn the top spot with their win over Celina.
The Lady Cats took the first game 25-20 but Melissa was able to regroup and solidly win the second game 25-13 to knot up the set.
Melcher was the top scorer for the Lady Cards, earning 16 points off serves and Madison Rose landed eight kills against Celina’s front line.
The final match was close, with both teams pouring their hearts out trying to win the trophy but in the end it was Melissa who hoisted the reward tall with a 25-22 win in the closer.
Holliday may have been able to sneak one win past Melissa but the Lady Cards clamped down in the last two games of the set – not allowing Holliday a winning score between the two – to win the game that advanced them to the tournament championship.
Newberry led Melissa with 14 points off serves and added 12 kills. Whitney Taylor had a monster game, with 14 kills and six blocks to help lead her team to the win.
Melissa fell in the opener, 20-25 but was able to rally in the final two and win big, 25-11 and 25-10.
In their first game on Saturday, the Lady Cardinals easily swept Collinsville with wins of 25-15 and 25-10. Duzenack led the team with eight points off serves and Newberry landed four kills.
Van Alstyne 0
Looking to sweep their pool play on their home court, Melissa topped Van Alstyne in their final game of the day on Thursday, sweeping the Lady Panthers 25-17 and 25-6.
Duzenack was a one-woman wrecking squad with her perfectly placed served that the Lady Panthers could not seem to respond to. She scored 21 points off served to lead her team.Taylor and Newberry controlled the net, with a relatively quiet but effective four kills each.
Melissa took on a tough Paris squad on Thursday morning and was able to hold them off to win in two, 25-16 and 25-21. Henger led the team with 11 points off serves and Rose landed nine kills to help lead their team to the win.
The Lady Cardinals opened up the SpikeFest tournament with a strong win over Callisburg, getting the sweep though Callisburg was able to stay close in the first game. Melissa took the opener 25-22 and then came back strong to win the set with a 25-19 win.
Erin Nelson and Duzenack each scored six points off serves to lead the team and Newberry added eight kills.
able to overcome a loss in the opening match to capture two must-win games and earn the top spot with their win over Celina.
The Lady Cats took the first game 25-20 but Melissa was able to regroup and solidly win the second game 25-13 to tie the set.
Melcher was the top scorer for the Lady Cards, earning 16 points off serves, while Madison Rose landed eight kills against Celina’s front line.
The final match was close with both teams pouring their hearts out trying to win the trophy; ultimately, it was Melissa which hoisted the reward tall with a 25-22 win in the closer.