The Medina Lady Bobcats beat the Utopia Lady Buffalos in volleyball Sept. 25 on the west end of the county. They won the set in four games. The scores were 25-16, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21.
“We were evenly matched,” Medina coach Lovey Sockol said.
Utopia's girls played tough.
“They are the team that's going to pick up every ball sent over,” Sokol said.
Stats for Medina include kills - Nikki Sandidge 17, Abby Seymour 10, Kaitlyn Robinson 8 and Katie Ofsow 5. Hannah Buettner contributed 32 assists. Robinson had two blocks and two aces. For digs, Sandidge had 11 and Ortiz 8.
Medina has 19 girls on the varsity and junior varsity squads. Twelve of the girls regularly play the varsity squad, which leaves seven for the JV. So some of the varsity girls play twice, helping out the JV.
“We're a young team,” Sockol said. “We graduated seven seniors last year, six of which were starters.”
So the team only have two girls with varsity experience.
Medina plays a 5-1 formation. That's five hitters and one setter. That setter is Hannah Buettner.
When the ball comes over the net, the setter's job is to direct the ball to one of the hitters. The hitter then hits it to someone on the front line who will spike it or otherwise get it over the net.
“I like my team to send it over in a way that makes the other team struggle to return it,” Sockol said. “What we're looking for is a 'pass it, set it and then kill it' play.”
But it's not a formula routine on play. The ball doesn't always go to the same hitter.
“We confuse the defense so we can get a hit and stay away from their block,” Sockol said.
Center Point is really Medina's rival.
“It's been like that for years,” Sockol said. “They (her team) look forward to the game.”
“It was even there when I went to school here,” Sockol said of the Medina-Center Point rivalry.
Medina was able to beat their long-time rival Saturday, Sept. 28. It took four matches. Medina over Center Point: 25-12, 15-25, 25-18 and 25-16.
That puts Medina's district record at two wins, one loss and their overall record for the year at 10-12.
This week's games are at Leakey at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Harper Friday, Oct. 5.
While the girls and the towns might be interested in the cross county rivalry, Leakey and Harper are the teams to beat in district play.
Medina will meet Utopia Oct. 12 and Leakey Oct. 19.