SHELLEY — The big, bad Madison Bobcats came calling at Shelley High School on Thursday evening, spoiling the senior night of a trio of Russets with a 3-0 sweep 25-14, 25-16 and 26-24.
After a pre-match ceremony honoring Abigail Shaw, Michelle Fowler and Katelyn Kidman the Bobcats showed their collective muscle, powering their way to fairly easy wins in the first two games.
"We came out a little fragile and I don't know if it was because it was the last home game of the season and the girls really wanted to come out and play hard or whatever," Shelley head coach Ceanna Larson said. "They had their moments were they shined in those two games, we did some good things but unfortunately not enough of them."
In the third game the Russets were about to be the side dish for the main course at the road kill cafe when they woke up and made a run at Madison.
Trailing 14-17 the Russets got a side out and then sent Kimber Call to the service line where the sophomore reeled off 6 straight winners, giving the Russets a 21-17 lead.
"In that third game we really started to show how well we can play and how much we have improved throughout the season," coach Larson said. "The girls have really improved over the season and we are looking forward to districts because your never know, some teams come down and we are continuing to climb."
Unfortunately the Russets could not hold the bulge as Madison escaped the third game in extra points 26-24.
Amanda Kelley led the squad with 6 kills and 13 digs. Tenaia Hollist and Kimber Call each tallied 5 kills. In addition, Call also dished out 10 assists while Shae Park turned in a 12 dig effort.
"Senior night is always bitter sweet, we love our seniors and we hate to see them go but we are excited to see what they are going to do for the rest of their lives and I think that they are going out on a high note." Larson said.