Marshall got revenge for an earlier loss to Sulphur Springs, downing the Lady Cats 25-15, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25, 20-18 in a marathon Tuesday night.
Earlier in district action, the Lady Mavs lost a five-set match in Marshall to Sulphur Springs.
The loss dropped the Lady Cats to 2-6 in district play. Marshall has a 1-7 mark in 14-4 action.
“It was heartbreaking to lose on Senior Night, especially with how close the match was,” said Michelle Namanny, Sulphur Springs head volleyball coach. “We made too many unforced errors and it came back to haunt us at the end of the match.”
Seniors honored were: Dillie Collins, Shakoja Debase, Taja Evans, Kiara Johnson, Macy Johnston, Chaliyah Moore, Kennedy Potts and Destiny Wade.
After and hour and 44 minutes of play, the contest was deadlocked at 2-all and action moved to the deciding fifth set.
Shakoja Debase had good serves to put Sulphur Springs up, 2-0, Marshall came back to tie the game and the race was on. The teams trading points back and forth just like they did the whole evening.
The game was tied three more times before Marshall got power kills at the net by Jordan Robinson and Troymesha Smith to pull ahead 10-7. Sulphur Springs had a couple of errant hits and the visitors padded the advantage to 12-8.
Wade had a kill and Desi Debase added steady serving as the Lady Cats stayed close. Moore pumped in two clutch serves and the game was tied at 14-all. The teams could not pull away with five more ties down the stretch. A block by Marshall and a long hit by Sulphur Springs finally allowed Marshall to claim the hard fought victory, 20-18 and the match.
Sulphur Springs came out strong in the opening action. The Lady Cats used serving by Jessye Castro and Katie Barnett. Sarah Womack had a key kill as did Desi Debase. The home team took a 25-15 win.
Marshall responded well as they evened the match winning the second set by the 25-21 margin. Robinson and George had key kills for the visitors as action moved to the third set.
The teams were tied early, but Marshall went on a scoring run behind serves from Keyonia Smith to pull ahead 8-5. Sulphur Springs came right back and used kills from Desi Debase to stay within striking distance. Marshall got strong net play and scored five of the last seven points to win 25-21 and go up 2-1 in the match.
A determined group of Lady Cats took the floor for game four. The contest was tied seven times before the Lady Cats broke out for a lead. Wade and Castro turned in some impressive serves and coupled with mistakes by the Lady Mavs, Sulphur Springs took a 16-13 lead. Desi Debase added a kill as did Wade and Sulphur Springs padded their advantage to 20-17. Castro contributed another kill and Sulphur Springs won by the 25-22 final.
The win tied the match at 2-all. Marshall and Sulphur Springs battled hard and the Lady Mavs left town with the victory as the won the fifth set, 20-18 in a nail-biting finale.
In the varsity game - Shakoja Debase finished the night with 17 assists and 4 digs. Barnett had 11 assists. Castro had 4 kills, 1 solo block, and 1 block assist. Wade had 7 kills. Desi Debase finished with 14 kills, 1 solo block, and 5 digs. Potts had 7 digs.
The Sulphur Springs junior varsity won 20-25, 25-19, 25-15; the Lady Cat freshmen were victorious 25-2, 25-12.
The Lady Cats varsityplay at home again Friday night at 4:30 against Hallsville. The Lady Bobcats are 8-0 in district play.
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