Sulphur Springs started well and closed out even better taking a four set match from Quinlan Ford Tuesday at the SSHS gym.
Head varsity coach Michelle Namanny's Lady Cats have been making improvements, coming into the match with an 11-14 record.
Against Quinlan Ford, the Lady Cats blasted the visitors off the court 25-11 in the first game, lost the second game 25-23 in a tough see-saw battle. Then with the match tied at 1-all, Sulphur Springs flexed their muscles and shown determination and grit to win the next two games 26-24, 27-25 in hard-fought contests.
“I was very pleased with the win against Quinlan Ford last night,” Namanny said. “The biggest thing that our girls are learning to do is finish an entire match. I am encouraged by the fight we showed on the court, our hustle and our heart.
Katie Barnett put up 14 assists for the Lady Cats and Shakoja Debase put up 15 assists. Jessye Castro was a huge force at the net, putting down an astounding 12 kills and 6 blocks. Destiny Wade chipped in 6 kills, and Desi Debase had 9 kills and 6 digs. Libero Kennedy Potts had 15 digs.”
The teams traded games early and action moved to the pivotal third contest with the overall tally deadlocked at 1-all.
The Lady Panthers got four quick service points to take a 4-1 lead. Despite kills from Desi Debase and Kiara Johnson, Quinlan Ford was making more shots and hitting the lines with some blistering shots at the net. Sulphur Springs called a time out trailing 10-4. Shae Rutter then found her service range for some key points for the visitors and the Lady Cats fell behind 12-5. The Sulphur Springs squad got points at the net from Castro and Barnett served for three straight points. The Lady Cats cut the Quinlan Ford lead to 21-18. Desi Debase soared high for a dainty dink at the net. Wade had a vicious kill from the side of the net and the Lady Cats were within a point 23-22. The game was tied two more times before Sulphur Springs dug deep for the win. Chaliyah Moore delivered a low, serve that barely scooted over the net and dropped in for an ace. Castro had a kill at the net and Sulphur Springs had the momentum, winning 26-24 and taking a 2-1 lead overall.
In game four, neither team would give an inch with the score deadlocked four times in the early going. Desi Debase picked up some key service points. Quinlan Ford went back to work and took the lead following smooth and steady serving by Rachel Bruce. Bruce had two aces and spurred her team on, as the visitors went up 16-10. Sulphur Springs took advantage of several mistakes by Quinlan Ford with mishits and errant serves. Castro had a nice block at the net as Sulphur Springs pulled with 17-14. Castro and Desi Debase added timely kills at the net and soon the score was tied at 22-all. Quinlan hit the ball out, giving Sulphur Springs a free point and momentum.
Castro had a big kill and a block late as Sulphur Springs scored a come-from-behind 27-25 win. The Lady Cats won with a 3-1 total overall.
The game started well for the Lady Cats as they rode Barnett’s serving and strong play to bolt to a 10-1 lead. Johnson and Wade added kills as the Lady Cats kept control of the game up 14-5. The visitors rallied to double digits, making the score 20-10, but Sulphur Springs got points from Wade on the service line and kills from Desi Debase to go ahead 24-11. Castro had a service ace to win the game. The point gave Sulphur Springs a 25-11 lead.
The only game won by Lady Panthers was the second contest of the night. Sulphur Springs had a 23-17, then Jenna Ackenback went to the service line. Ackenback was unstoppable for the team, Quinlan Ford closed out the game with a 8-0 scoring run. The win tied the match at 1-all
Sulphur Springs took wins in the final two contests of the night and secured the 3-1 victory.
The Sulphur Springs junior varsity won 25-7, 20-25, 25-18. Coach David Carrillo said, “We played a little flat at times, but we picked it up when had to. Standouts were Constance Gregory, Sierra Nickerson, Kendall Wallace and Lexie Moore.”
The Sulphur Springs freshmen won 25-11, 25-14. Coach Jerrod Hammack said the team play and served well.
The Lady Cats take the court again Tuesday, Sept. 24 against Wills Point and begin district Sept. 27 at Pine Tree.
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