Three wins might not seem like a large number or much progress, for that matter.

Try and tell that to the Neosho Lady Wildcats' volleyball team.

The Lady Wildcats ended a winless streak dating back to 2015 and pushing 60 matches with a 2-0 win earlier this season over rival McDonald County.

On Tuesday night, Neosho earned its third win by defeating Newton County rival Diamond 2-0 (25-23, 25-22).

Neosho also won the JV match 2-0 (25-19, 25-22).

Neosho's other varsity win this season came in the Lady Wildcats' home invitational tournament on Saturday, defeating Maumelle (Arkansas).
Brianna Keho and Savannah Merriman led Neosho with five and four kills, respectively. Grace Donnel and Erin Finley each had five for Diamond.

Laken Schnackenberg's four blocks for Neosho trumped Diamond's three of ones, by Donnell, Loran Atnip, and Jae Cowen.

Merriman and Brylee King added 16 and 12 service points, respectively, while Donnel threw in five aces to go with her kills and blocks.

King and Emma Hames combined for 20 digs for the Lady Wildcats, King 14 and Hames six. Atnip picked up eight.

Ashley Sims and Schnackenberg distributed the ball on 10 Neosho points, Sims with six assists and Schnackenberg four. Emily Valdez led Diamond with 15 assists.

Neosho improved to 3-23 overall and the Lady Wildcats returned to action Thursday for their final home match of the regular season, welcoming conference and district rival Webb City.

We mentioned the progress of the Lady Wildcats, who had no wins last season and just one two seasons ago. Neosho loses just one senior from this year's team, Schnackenberg, and that could be a sign of better things to come in future seasons.