It appears as though the Benson Bobcats’ struggles on the volleyball court are a thing of the past.
The Bobcat spikers posted victories over the Patagonia Lobos and the Empire Ravens last week.
On Tuesday, Sept. 25. the Bobcats topped host Patagonia 3-0 by scores of 25-5, 25-12, 25-20.
Kourtney Brogan paced the Bobcats with 12 points while Katelin Ames and Alysha Thomas each scored 10 with Geneva Kelly and Emily Gudvangen recording nine points each. Kendra Behr, Bobcats’ top power hitter with seven kills, scored eight points and Somer Optad scored six and Kady East and Leah Lizarraga scored one point with Gudvangen also accounting for five of the Bobcats’ 22 kills.
The Bobcats’ ball handling continues to show improvement with each game. Ames had 10 of Benson’s 19 assists while Gudvangen added eight in the winning effort.
The Bobcats posted a balanced defensive effort at the net with Ames, Kelly, Haley Choate, Gudvangen, Opstad, Behr and East recording blocks.
On Thursday, the Bobcats topped the Empire Ravens 3-1. After the Bobcats dropped the first set 19-25, the Bobcats rallied to post 25-22, 25-29, 25-13 scores to secure the win. The Bobcats, who opened the season with three straight defeats, have reeled off 10 straight wins to improve to 10-3 on the season, 2-0 in league play.
“We started pretty slow but finally got on track,” said Benson Head Coach Kimberly East. “We played well enough to win. The girls are getting stronger mentally and physically, thus making fewer mistakes and improving our attack game. Things are coming together.
Brogan scored 13 points and Opstad added 11 to pace the Bobcats, while Behr and Ames supplied the power. Behr recorded 11 kills and Ames had 10 to lead the Bobcats, while Gudvangen had six kills on the night. Behr leads the Bobcats with 102 kills on the season.
Gudvangen and Ames were also able to help initiate Benson’s power attack. The duo each recorded 13 assists, accounting for 26 of the Bobcats’ 27 assists. Kady East had the Bobcats’ other assist.
Ames, East and Brogan also enjoyed solid efforts on the defensive side of the ball, with Ames netting five blocks, while Brogan and East had three blocks each.
The Bobcats return home Wednesday, Oct. 3 to host the Bisbee Pumas for a 6 p.m. match then travel to Thatcher Thursday to face the Eagles also at 6 p.m. The Lady Bobcats will follow that game with another road encounter against Valley Union on Tuesday, Oct. 9, then will close out their regular season at home Tuesday, Oct. 16 against rival Willcox and Thursday, Oct. 18 against the Tombstone Yellowjackets.
All games are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start time.