The Lady Cats took a "must win" Friday at home, scoring a four-game victory over Mount Pleasant in 14-4A volleyball action in the SSHS gym.
“It was an intense, exciting match that we really needed to clinch. Everything is finally starting to come together with our net play as well as defense, and I am so proud of how our girls are playing. We were determined and motivated on the court working as one solid unit. We finally blocked last night how I have been hoping for all season long,” said Michelle Namanny, Sulphur Springs head volleyball coach.
The Lady Cats dropped the first game, a hard-fought contest by a 22-25 to the visiting Lady Tigers.
The Lady Cats then dug deeper and urged on by the inspiration of coach Namanny, did not drop another set. Sulphur Springs came from being down 0-1 to wining 3-1. Sulphur Springs defeated Mount Pleasant, 25-21, 28-26 and 25-18.
Each game was a see-saw battle with thrilling rallies and nonstop action. It took almost two hours to play the four contests with neither team able to pull away.
In the first game, Sulphur Springs rode good serves by Destiny Wade and Jessye Castro to build a 8-2 lead. Mount Pleasant closed the gap to 11-9 thanks to several kills by Ledaisha Gillard. Sarah Flanagan of Mount Pleasant started serving with deadly accuracy as the visitors tied the game. The contest was deadlocked nine times before the smoke cleared. The visitors got key points late and took advantage of errors by the Lady Cats. The Lady Tigers won the first game 25-22.
Sulphur Springs did not back up and immediately started trading points with the Lady Tigers. Desi Debase had two kills. Kennedy Potts turned in some key serve as the home team went up 9-6. But Mount Pleasant would not go away and scored the next three points to tie the set at 9-all. Kiara Johnson had a nice block at the net. Dillie Collins added an incredible dig gliding along the hardwood floor to save a shot. Shakoja Debase was on the mark with serves and the Lady Cats pulled ahead 21-15. Sulphur Springs stayed one step ahead of MP. The home team got a kill by Sarah Womack and held on to win the second game 25-21 and tie the match at 1-all.
Between game, Namanny was preaching hard to the Lady Cats about not giving up and being assertive in the third game. Sulphur Springs stayed dead even with the Lady Tigers. The score was tied five times before the Lady Cats started to pull away. Jessye Castro had two kills and a block for Sulphur Springs as the squad went up 17-13. Mount Pleasant got a second win and used strong serving to go on a 7-0 run and tie the game at 20-all. Sulphur Springs and Mount Pleasant traded points back and forth. Desi Debase had a kill and Castro added a winner of a serve and Sulphur Springs won 28-26 taking a 2-1 lead in games.
The fourth contest was a carbon copy of the others, Sulphur Springs went ahead 6-1, but Mount Pleasant came storming back with kills from Gilliard to tie the contest at 6-all. Wade and Castro sparked a Sulphur Springs rally and the Lady Cats eased ahead 20-16. The Lady Cats could smell the victory and closed out the deciding game, winning by a final of 25-18.
Statistics from the game include: Desi Debase led the Lady Cats with 10 kills and also had one solo block, one block assist and 8 digs. Barnett had 15 assists and 4 aces; S. Debase had 6 assists, one kill, and 2 aces; Johnson, 2 kills, 3 block assists. Womack, 3 block assists. McKenzie, 3 kills, 2 solo blocks, and 3 block assists; Castro had six kills, 4 solo blocks, 4 block assists, and 5 aces. Wade, 5 kills, 3 block assists, and 5 digs; Macy Johnston chipped in 6 digs; Collins with 9 digs, and Potts with 8 digs and 2 aces
The win kept the Lady Cats in playoff contention.
After the win Sulphur Springs and Mount Pleasant are tied in the standings at 2-3.
In other games Friday - the Sulphur Springs junior varsity won 25-21, 14-25, 25-16.
The freshmen Lady Cats were victorious, 25-22, 27-25.
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