Wildcats fight hard, but fall to tough DuBois Beavers team

PHIL MAPSTONE/FOR THE EXPRESS Central Mountain seniors were honored in a pre-game ceremony. Kneeling left to right are Pamela Gunsallus, Maegan Miller, Makenna Bittner and Rachel Kibler. Standing left to right are Jada Dauberman, Madison Myers, Kelsey Buckwalter, Maddie Bashore, and team managers Aimee Zimmerman and Matthew Marasco.

MILL HALL – On a night where the Central Mountain volleyball team had its last home game of the season, the Lady Wildcats left everything they had on the court as they gave a once beaten DuBois team fits before finally falling, 3-0, Thursday night at the Wildcats’ gym.

Though the scores of the game were 25-11, 25-20 and 25-15, Central Mountain challenged the Beavers all throughout the matches with long volleys and a strong presence at the net despite the loss.

The Wildcats honored seniors Pamela Gunsallus, Maegan Miller, Makenna Bittner, Rachel Kibler, Jada Dauberman, Madison Myers, Kelsie Buckwalter, Madalyn Bashore and managers Aimee Zimmerman and Matt Marasco.

“I’m really proud of them. After the injury there in the second, we had two of my starters get hurt. From there, the girls really stepped up and played. They really, really, really wanted to win,” said Central Mountain coach Megan Ulsamer. “It really showed. They came together and came back to get it close at 25-20. We were down quite a few points. That’s something to be said to bounce back from something like that happening in the middle of the game.”

Trailing 1-0, Central Mountain gave DuBois a tough time even with two of its starters hurt in the middle of the contest.

The Wildcats took the lead early as they forced the Beavers to an early side out.

Buckwalter picked up the team’s first service point of the game, making it 2-0.

The Beavers tied the contest at two when they picked up a side out on a long second return by Central Mountain. Kaylee Sadowski tied things up with her first service point of the game.

The teams battled back and forth, exchanging side outs that knotted the game at three each.

But it would be the Beavers with the first run, Kylee Bundy ran off three consecutive service points to extend things to a 6-3 advantage for the visitors. In that run, Bundy picked up an ace and her teammate Alexis Ray hit a blast in the middle.

But with a side out, Central Mountain cut it to 6-5 with service points coming from the serve of Gunsallus.

DuBois once again got hot on the line, and Danessa Allison went on quite a roll picking up four valuable service points for her team, extending the lead to 11-5.

But the Wildcats kept chipping away and picked up two on a service point by Bashore and a side out, cutting it to 11-7.

After posting a 13-7 advantage, the Beavers saw a gutsy effort by the group of Wildcats as they were able to battle back and cut it to just a two point lead.

Leading the way for CM was Bittner who tallied three points from the service line.

But like most top teams, the Beavers were able to extend the lead out, going on a 5-2 advantage.

In the scoring run, server Kelli Hoffner picked up four service pounds. Highlighting the run was a spike by Denessa Allison, upping it to 20-13.

However, Central Mountain would not go down without a fight as Dauberman had two service points in the run and went on a 4-1 run, cutting it to 21-18.

But that would be as close as the Wildcats would get as DuBois was able to hold onto the 25-20 victory.

In the first game, DuBois broke out to a very fast 7-0 advantage on the serve of Hoffner who led things off with six service points.

DuBois kept the advantage throughout and kept the Wildcats offense at bay going into the 25-11 victory.

Playing in the final game, DuBois opened up to a very quick start once again posting a 6-1 lead.

Like in the second game, Central Mountain once again rallied back.

Picking up three clutch service points was Evie Rembold.

Despite playing strong late, the Beavers were just too much for the Wildcats on this night as they picked up the final win, 25-15.

DuBois 3, Central Mountain 0

DU 25 25 25

CM 11 20 15