After racking up 10 straight wins, the Benson Bobcats went 1-2 in games played last week, falling to Safford 3-1 on Tuesday [Oct. 2], bouncing back to defeat Bisbee 3-1 the following night, then dropping a match  3-0 to host Thatcher on Thursday.

Tuesday’s [Oct.9] contest in Elfrida with the Valley Union Blue Devils was played after the News-Sun’s press time. Looking ahead, the Bobcats host Willcox on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Tombstone on Oct. 18 in Benson’s regular season finale.

Katelin Ames scored 21 points and Kendra Behr added 10 to help lift the Bobcats over the host Bisbee Pumas on Wednesday, Oct. 3 by scores of 25-8, 25-15, 13-25, 25-13.

“We played well enough to win,” said Benson Head Coach Kimberly East. “We need to step it up and get ready for tough teams. State is just around the bend and, to be successful there, this team needs to improve on serve reception and basic ball handling. Our intensity, focus, effort and enthusiasm must be at an all time high.”

Kourtney Brogan and Kendra Behr led the Bobcats’ power arsenal. Brogan converted 11 of 17 kill attempts while Behr had nine kills on the night. Ames posted a strong effort from the service line with 10 aces to go with her 13 assists and nine from Emily Gudvangen.

Other Bobcats who scored included Somer Opstad with six points, Gudvangen with five Kady East with four.

On Oct. 2, the Bobcats were unable to capitalize on opportunities, falling to Safford 21-25, 25-23, 23-25, 12-25.

“We played pretty well,” said Coach East. We had opportunities to win, but struggled with too many errors. This team needs to play with confidence and believe that they are capable of winning the big games.”

Ames scored 13 points and Opstad added 11 to lead the Bobcats, while Behr recorded 14 kills. Ames also picked up 19 assistsand Gudvangen added 11.

On Thursday, the Bobcats struggled to maintain any type of consistency, falling to perennial power Thatcher 3-0, 10-25, 14-25, 13-25.

“We struggled with our passing, thus our offensive attack was not as strong as we need to beat a team like Thatcher,” said Coach East. “We also struggled with our defense. This team, when running on all cylinders, can be competitive with the top teams. I think these girls will finish the season strong and prepare themselves mentally and physically to finish the season on a high note.”

Ames and Brogan scored four points to lead the Bobcats and Behr recorded nine kills despite the defeat.

The Bobcats stood at 11-5 overall headed into this week’s games.

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