A fundamentally sound eighth grade White Cliffs Middle School (3-1) volleyball squad gave the Laughlin Cougars a clinic on Tuesday in the WCMS gymnasium. The Wolves pounced on the Cougars 25-14, 25-9 for a two-game sweep.
As a team, WCMS served 17 aces and had many more that were too hard for the Cougars to handle. As if that major problem wasn't enough for Laughlin, the Wolves did a magnificent job of returning the Cougars' serves.
"I serve it at them in practice," Wolves coach Nona King said. "We have no mercy on them at practice."
Natalie Casson recorded 12 of the aces for WCMS and Kelsey Uhles added two. Uhles had a stellar match in that she seemed to be everywhere on the court to save the ball for the Wolves.
Casson started off the match serving and gave the Wolves an early 6-1 lead that would not be relinquished. The Cougars rebounded to pull within three at 14-11, but the Wolves serving took over and outscored Laughlin 11-3 to end the first game.
"I was afraid they would fall into what I call a ping-pong slump," King remarked about the match. "I'm really proud that they didn't do that and keep them (Laughlin) in the match."
That thought may have been in the back of King's mind as Laughlin stayed close until the 11-9 mark in game two. After WCMS extended that lead to 14-9, Casson took over serving for the next 11 points and secured the match. At 20-9, Casson did what one does not expect to see in eighth- grade volleyball. She began to jump serve, winning all five of those points on aces.
On Sept. 17, the Wolves traveled to Lake Havasu to face the Thundercats and pulled off an upset. The Wolves won 25-23, 25-20.
"It was great to beat Havasu. They're always beating us," King said.
In game two, WCMS had to overcome a six-point deficit.
The next match is Saturday at Parker Wallace La Pera. The start time is yet to be determined.