Improved Kats test Tigers on Friday

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Duncan senior Peyton Damron greets the Lobos during player introductions with Hayden.

By Raymundo Frasquillo

DUNCAN – The Sandi French-coached  Duncan Wildkats swept the Winkelman Hayden Lobos (1-9 overall, 1-9 seeding, 0-1 region) during three sets (25-21, 25-15, 25-12) in Duncan on Sept. 18.

Duncan was at full strength and looked to be a different team against the Lobos than it was during the Morenci tourney 10 days earlier,

“We’re improving,” French said.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Sophomore Janaye Eddy looks over the defense before serving against Hayden Sept. 18. Duncan swept the Lobos in three sets and visits Saint David on Friday, Sept. 21.

The team includes seniors Delanie Claridge, Peyton Damron, and Katelin Stergion; juniors Kaktys Garcia, Kaitlyn Lunt, and Lynnie Neilson; sophomores Melissa Claridge, Janaye Eddy, Mia Hoglan, and Kinsley Rapier; and freshmen Kierra Lacey and Kiley McGrath.

Duncan broke a 17-17 first set tie and doubled up on the Lobos 8-4 to post the 1-0 win. The Wildkats rebounded from a 0-2 deficit, tied at 2-2, and led 19-9 before the visitors reached double figures in set two. The teams each added six points to close out the set.

The Scarlet and Gray pulled away from a 9-9 set three tie, aided by 10 unforced Hayden errors to lead 19-10 before a Lobos’ kill added point 11 and an ace serve point 12. A Damron tip and Stergion kill extended the margin to 21-12, and three bad passes plus a long hit closed out the set and match in favor of the Wildkats.

Duncan (4-11 overall, 4-3 seeding, 3-2 1A East Region) visits the Saint David Tigers (16-1, 6-1, 3-0 1A South Region) for a non-region match Friday, Sept. 21.