For the second time in two district matches, the Lady Cats have been unable to win a set.
Sulphur Springs fell 25-16, 25-19, 25-15 to Texas High at home Tuesday night to drop to 0-2 in district volleyball action.
The Lady Cats lost 3-0 in Longview to Pine Tree in the district debut Friday.
Against Texas High, the Lady Cats had a hard time overcoming the physical net play by the athletic Lady Tigers. Sulphur Springs also lacked the consistency to put together a scoring run.
Kills by Ty'tianna Jones and Jalissa Trotter paced the Lady Tigers to a 5-3 lead in the early going of the first game. Jessye Castro had a block and Sarah Womack contributed a kill from the side. Sulphur Springs was within a point, trailing 9-8. Then the visitors got service points from Chelsea Slider and Alyssa Walker to pad the lead to 20-15. The visitors taking advantage of several unforced errors by Sulphur Springs. The Lady Cats were outscored 8-3 down the stretch, the capping point a kill by Nicki Burns to give the game to Texas High. Sulphur Springs fell behind 1-0 in games with action moving to the second set.
Sulphur Springs used Jessye Castro serves and a timely block from Kiara Johnson to go up 7-3. But Texas High came back, using kills and well-placed shots to tie the score. Seven times the score was tied as neither team would surrender with some impressive rallies. Then Texas High broke from an 18-all tie to close out the game with a 7-1 run to 25-19. Down the stretch, the Lady Tigers got kills and several nice blocks at the net. The Lady Cats were now down 2-0.
The third contest also went the way of the Lady Tigers. Desi Debase had a kill, while Shakoja Debase added a block. The Lady Cats trailed 7-3 forcing Sulphur Springs head coach Michelle Namanny to call a time out to try and refocus the squad. Slider was tough at the service line, getting seven points. The Lady Tigers bolstered their lead to 10-points, 17-7. Sulphur Springs got a few points off mishits by Texas High. But the Lady Tigers were steady enough to take the third game 25-15 and won the match by the 3-0 score.
“We were excited to be on our home court competing against a solid team,” said Namanny. “We played great defense, but it was not enough to win. Our net play wasn’t as strong as it normally is; we weren’t a dominating force.”
Trotter led Texas High with 17 points, 15 kills.
For the Lady Cats: Castro had four kills, three blocks; Wade added five aces, four kills; Kennedy Potts had 11 digs; Dillie Collins, Macy Johnson and Desi Debase had five digs each.
The Sulphur Springs freshmen won 25-12, 25-15. The junior varsity won in three games 25-19, 21-25, 25-11.
All three teams will play in Marshall Friday, the varsity game is at 4:30 p.m.
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