The Neosho Lady Wildcats took a 2-0 loss (21-25, 24-26) Tuesday night in their Central Ozark Conference opener against the visiting Republic Lady Tigers.

Republic's Rylee Moseman found three ways to beat Neosho on Tuesday, recording a triple-double in three vital statistical categories for volleyball success.

Moseman finished with 16 assists (distribution), 10 digs (defense), and eight kills (point production), leading the Lady Tigers in all three areas.

Megan Decker and Emma Pearce each had 10 service points, Abby McKee served a pair of aces, and Carle Ward and McKee each tallied one block.

Meanwhile, Emma Hames and Savannah Merriman each led Neosho with three kills and Merriman tallied one block.

Merriman and Andi Johnson each finished with 10 service points, Brylee King added nine, and Merriman served a pair of aces for 20 percent of her service points.

King tallied seven digs and Ashley Sims led the Lady Wildcats with five assists.

Republic improved to 2-6-3 overall and 1-0 COC entering a dual Thursday against conference foe Carl Junction.

Neosho dropped to 5-9 overall and 0-1 COC before the next dual against Willard.

The five wins for the Lady Wildcats are the most for the volleyball program since the 2014 team won seven matches.

In the previous three seasons, Neosho won only four matches, including three last season when most of this season's roster were varsity neophytes.