MOUNDRIDGE— After receiving their 20th victory of the year and being one of the top teams in the league, the Moundridge High School volleyball team has been named McPherson Sentinel's Team of the Week.

Before earning the award, the Wildcats were getting ready for their second match on Tuesday. It was then Moundridge head coach Bryan Ott gave them the good news.

"We all got pretty excited," Moundridge player Keira Sebrant said "We were all confused on why we needed to take a picture before we found out when we did that, it just shows how much work we put in the gym and how much we help each other."

The Lady Wildcats received their 20th win last week after defeating Ell-Saline (25-12, 25-12) and Marion High School (25-16, 25-12) in a clean sweep, making the Wildcats 22-9 and undefeated in their league. Sebrant believes that reason for the Lady Wildcats' success is the team chemistry with one another.

"We work really hard together," Sebrant said "Everyone usually trust each other. Once are hitters are going, so do I passers, and we just trust our setters as much as possible."

On that same night, the Lady Wildcats celebrated Otte's 600th victory. Otte is a six-time state champion in the 13 years coaching the Wildcats. Highly respected in the community, Otte has been pushing this year's Moundridge team as they look to get back to state.

"Coach Otte has put in a lot of banners. He holds avery high traditions for the volleyball program," Sebrant said. "If we're not doing well, he's going to make us better no matter what. He's not going to baby us and he's going to make sure that we are playing in the best in our abilities."

After their home win victory over Little River High School and Goessel High School in a quad match, the Lady Wildcats will focus on their Heart of America league tournament coming up this weekend at Sterling. The first serve will be a 9 a.m.

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