For the second time in a district, Pine Tree’s strong net play was too much for Sulphur Springs.
The visiting Lady Pirates had more than 40 kills on the night, taking a 3-0 win over the Lady Cats at the SSHS gym.
The win marked the second time in two district matches with Pine Tree that Sulphur Springs failed to win a game.
Pine Tree won by scores of 26-24, 25-11, 25-19 in the match which started late, but only took 64 minutes to conclude.
The Lady Cats fell to 2-4 in district, Pine Tree is 5-1.
“Pine Tree right now sits at second place in our district and is a very competitive team. I thought our girls gave them a really good run last night,” said Michelle Namanny, Sulphur Springs head volleyball coach. “We just lost focus on smaller plays that we really needed to help pull us through, and that hurt us at the last minute. “
The first game was the best action of the night for the home squad. After the teams fought through three ties early, the Lady Cats started to play inspired ball.
Desi Debase was a force at the net and the service line. Chaliyah Moore pumped in four consecutive serves for points as Sulphur Springs went up 10-5. Then the game went the way of the visitors for a few points. Sulphur Springs had an errant hit into the net. Then Brianna Johnson of Pine Tree had back-to-back service aces. The teams traded point back and forth with Pine Tree’s Sky-Lynn Holmes and KaBreishia Orange turning in vicious kills at the net. Desi Debase had a left-handed kill of her own. The score was tied at 17-all, then again at 18, 21 and 22. The teams traded points and players skidded all over the floor for impressive digs. Katie Barnett had a serve for a point for the Lady Cats. But Sulphur Springs hit a shot over the line and the game was tied at 23-all. Sulphur Springs picked up a point from the Lady Pirates, but gave it back when Desi Debase was called for hand foul. Holmes had a kill and on the decided point, the Lady Cats missed a shot which fell in. Pine Tree took the first game by a 26-24 final.
The second game was more one-sided. Sulphur Springs fell behind 10-5 to Pine Tree. The Lady Pirates got four service poits from Kennedy Sampson a kills by Holmes at the net. The Lady Cats cut the margin to 13-7, but then Lady Pirates got hot. Using steady service by Kerri Johnson, including a let service ace, Pine Tree went on a 5-1 scoring burst to pad their lead to 10-points, 18-8. Holmes had four serves for points as the Lady Pirates pulled away, winning by a 25-11 final.
Holding a 2-0 lead in games, Pine Tree had all the momentum heading into the third contest. Sulphur Springs took the game to the visitors with blocks by Jessye Castro and serves by Shakoja Debase. Sulphur Springs took advantage of some miscues by Pine Tree to go ahead 7-3. Desi Debase then skimmed along floor with a stellar dig, then set up Wade for a kill at the net. Pine Tree kept coming back and tied the game at 17-all. From that point, serves by Johnson and kills by Pine Tree decided the game as they finished on a 8-2 burst of points. The Lady Pirates won the third game 25-19 and took the match.
Statistics from the match for Sulphur Springs reveal: Shakoja Debase with 10 assists and Barnett added 7 assists; Castro put up 3 kills, 2 solo blocks, and 4 block assists. McKenzie Sorley put up 3 block assists; Wade had 7 kills and 3 digs. Moore had 3 kills. Desi Debase had 2 kills and 2 block assists.
In junior varsity action - Sulphur Springs lost 25-18, 25-22. The Lady Cats freshmen won 25-19, 23-25, 25-12 to run their record to 17-4, 5-1.
All three teams play Friday in Texarkana against Texas High.
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