The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcat Volleyball Team played host to Heritage High School on Wednesday. The Lady ‘Cats beat the 11th ranked Lady Mountaineers 2-1 in the three-set match. “This wasn’t the prettiest match to watch, but we will certainly take the win against a good team like Heritage,” said Oak Ridge Coach Dave Kolodney. “They’re scrappy and are able to keep plays alive that would be kills against most other teams.” Oak Ridge hit only .078 for the Match making this their lowest hitting efficiency for the season by a wide margin. “We definitely pressed more than we have most of the year, which accounted for more errors on swings than we’re used to,” continued Kolodney. “But, that said, we did a good job of staying in points ourselves – often making something out of what looked like nothing.” The Lady Mountaineers served very aggressively, taking advantage of the Wildcat’s inconsistent receiving, acing Oak Ridge 7 times. “There are going to be matches like this, and it’s important for us to remember that we can play this kind of volleyball too,” finished Kolodney. “Although certainly not my preference, I’m glad to know we are gritty enough to pull it off.”
Oak Ridge starts the second half of District play Thursday night at Campbell County. The Lady Wildcats improve to 9-1 on the season (6-0 District 4-AAA).