Lady Wildcats off to good start in District

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	Mattawan’s Natalie Foster (11) and Kathryn Puzevic team up at the net to block the efforts of the St. Joe Bears during the opening round of District play this week. Haley Hagen photo

   The Mattawan Wildcat volleyball team secured a spot in the semi-final round of the Division 1 District tournament by defeating the St. Joe Bears, 3-0. The Wildcats had faced St. Joe earlier in the season with the same 3-0 winning result. State and nationally ranked, the Wildcats wasted no time earning a 25-11 win in the opening set.
   Senior Kathryn Puzevic helped Mattawan to a comfortable 8-1 lead with a kill in the second set. The Wildcat offense stayed strong and sophomore Margaret Pelak delivered a kill of her own, making the score 17-8  Mattawan.
   This second game was ended by Natalie Foster scoring the last points for the Wildcats in the 25-12 second set win. Foster continued to show her dominance in the final set. The junior laid down two kills to give Mattawan a 7-3 early lead, while her teammates held the Bears to only 11 points. The Wildcats earned their semifinal spot with a 25-11 win, improving their already impressive record to 44-2. 

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