PATTONVILLE — The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats split a dual match Tuesday here at Prairiland High School.
The Lady Cats defeated Prairiland 18-25, 26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 15-4.
“This was probably the first time in at least six years that we started the year with a win,” said Michelle Namanny, Sulphur Springs head varsity volleyball coach. “We are pleased with that.”
In the win Jessye Castro and Kasey Moore had 7 kills and a solo block each. Destiny Wade added 6 kills, 2 solo blocks. Katie Barnett contributed 12 assists and Shakoja Debase added 9 assists.
Namanny said, “I am really happy with the fight we showed. We played with heart and got stronger as the match went on. We won the final game 15-4.”
The Lady Cats lost to powerhouse North Lamar in three straight games. The Pantherettes won by scores of 25-15, 25-12, 25-19.
“After fighting through a five-set match, we immediately had to face North Lamar and lost to them,” Namanny said. “Castro was a dominating force at the net with 5 kills and 5 solo blocks, while Kasey Moore also slammed 5 kills and had 2 solo blocks. Wade put down 5 kills as well. Debase put up 8 assists for the Lady Cats and Barnett had 4.”
Junior outside hitter Ashleigh McFatridge paced North Lamar with 27 kills in the dual match.
The Sulphur Springs JV lost 10-25, 25-15, 26-28 against Prairiland. The squad fell to North Lamar, 9-25, 22-25 according to coach David Carrillo.
“We played hard against North Lamar. They are a stronger team than Prairiland. They have a very good team,” Namanny said. “I was pleased with our effort.”
The Lady Cats are still working on a playing rotation to use in the early season.
“We have 16 girls right now on varsity,” Namanny said. “Eight of them are seniors. It makes it hard to divide playing time. We are still looking for the right combinations.”
The Lady Cats, 1-1 on the season, now compete in the Van Tournament. Sulphur Springs will play their first matches Friday. They will take on Spring Hill, Harmony and Mineola.
The ninth grade and JV will play in the TVVOA tournament in Eustace, today and Saturday.
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