Neosho head volleyball coach Kerri Roy was ecstatic after Tuesday’s match at Aurora. Not only did Roy’s Lady Wildcats pick up their first victory of the season 28-26, 25-18, but her parents were also in the stands.
Oh, and she’s also an Aurora native. So defeating her alma mater completed the triumvirate.
“I’m pumped,” Roy exclaimed. “I told the girls that this is the first time, I believe, that we’ve beaten Aurora in the four years since I’ve been head coach here. “We came out playing really well in that first game and then had some mistakes.”
Those mistakes allowed the Lady ‘Houns to jump back in front after Neosho took an early lead. The Lady Wildcats kept clawing back, however, and eventually came away with a late win. With its backs against the wall, Roy challenged someone to step up for the team.
Brooke Stauffer answered that challenge.
“Brooke Stauffer stepped up to the plate,” Roy said. “She changed the momentum of that game because of the way she was playing. Sam Duke had two or three really good pickups. It was exciting and a lot of fun to watch. We’ve got to be able to learn from tonight and try and make less mistakes against Joplin.
“Really though, I had no complaints after the game. I was so happy for the girls.”
Stauffer and Morgan Rogers led the team with six kills each. Macy Smith followed with two blocks and Kennedy Lyerla added seven assists. Duke finished with 12 digs.
Aurora bested Neosho in the B game in three sets: 22-25, 25-14, 25-18.
Neosho (1-1) goes to Joplin at 5 p.m. Thursday.