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    Junior Seely Metting squares up to set the ball while junior Kaylee Parker anticipates a hit during last Tuesday’s (Sept. 1) home game against Runge.

Kitty Kats working to minimize mistakes

By Robert Proctor

Yorktown News-View

Coming off an undefeated district championship last season, there are certainly high hopes once again for the Yorktown Kitty Kats. Much of last year’s team has returned for Yorktown, but they did lose their offensive leader to graduation, Katy Gwosdz. In her place, Katelyn Dodds has certainly done her part to fill that void, including an eight-kill effort in Yorktown’s district-opening win over Runge last week (25-11, 25-9, 25-14).

“Becoming a big part of our offense is something I need to work on, after losing such a strong offensive player,” Dodds said referring to Gwosdz. Dodds also had three assists, one ace, and five digs in the win.

After the game, coach Irma Gomez emphasized the strong play Dodds.

“She continues to get better and better and improves,” Gomez said. “She is a great communicator. She gets her team involved. She talks to everybody. She amazes me. I stand back, and I watch her, and I’m like: “Well, alright, she’s been listening all these years.” She’s been with us since she was a freshman. It’s kind of nice. They’re saying the things I would say. I can facilitate it. Team unity, Katelyn’s really good; she’s huge for us.”

Before the match, Gomez noticed her team was a little nervous, but she was pleased with how they turned that into focus once the game started.

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