Melissa’s Lady Cardinals earned two more volleyball wins last week, solidifying their hold on the No. 3 playoff seed in District 11-4A with one regular-season match left to play.
With 23 kills in Melissa’s four-set win over the Sanger Lady Indians Friday, Lady Cards outside hitter Caroline Kasson surpassed 1,800 kills for her career. Kasson, last year’s Class 4A Player of the Year, blew past Melissa’s previous career record of 1,297 earlier this season.
Friday’s achievement at Melissa Middle School was recognized on the court after Lady Cards’ victory. Kasson’s career kill mark now stands at 1,805, with at least two more matches left in her senior campaign.
Melissa (6-3) downed the Lady Indians by counts of 25-19, 23-25, 25-9, 25-12. Four Lady Cards swung for two service aces each, including Chelsea George, Ella Branson, Brooklee Waltrip and Kasson. Saniah Anthony had Melissa’s second-highest kill total of the match, with nine, while setters KG Matthews and Branson tallied 21 and 17 assists, respectively. Alexis McCombs, Ally Marshall, Kasson and Anthony collected two assist-blocks apiece, and Kasson had the team’s lone solo block. George led the Lady Cards with 16 digs and Kasson added 12.
On Oct. 22, Senior Night at Melissa, the Lady Cards swept winless Gainesville, 25-5, 25-10, 25-10. Waltrip posted a game-high seven aces in that one and Branson slapped three. Kasson led with 10 kills, followed by Matthews’ seven and Anthony’s six. Kenzie Segleski and Marshall picked up one solo block each. Branson logged 14 assists while Matthews chipped in 12. Mallorie Power and George led with five digs each, and Kasson and Segleski added four apiece.