MOUNT PLEASANT — The Sulphur Springs dream of making postseason in volleyball was spoiled Tuesday night as the Lady Cats were blanked 3-0 in District 14-4A competition.
The Lady Cats lost by scores of 25-15, 25-16, 25-12. The squad could not stay close enough to the Lady Tigers to challenge for a game and fell in straight sets on Senior Night at the MPHS gym.
Mount Pleasant, with a 4-6 district record, will advance as the fourth place team.
The Lady Cats end the year at 2-8, 20-16 overall under first year head coach Michelle Namanny.
The opening game was competitive at the start. The score was tied five times in the early going. The visiting Lady Cats got points from Jessye Castro on a block and kills at the net by Desi Debase and McKenzie Sorley. Mount Pleasant got strong serving by Erin Wilson and several kills from Genesis Alvarez.
The game was tied at 9-all, until the Lady Tigers started to pull away going up 16-10 as they took advantage of miscues by the Lady Cats and two more kills by the 6-2 Alvarez at the net. Down the stretch, Mount Pleasant scored five of the last eight points with Claire Johnson and LaDaisha Gillard pounding home kills for points.
The MP squad went up 1-0 in game, winning the first game by 10 points, 25-15.
Mount Pleasant started like a house on fire in the second set. The Lady Tigers bolted out to a 10-4 lead before Sulphur Springs could catch their breath. Alvarez and Wilson had steady serves to pick up points. Desi Debase had a vicious kill at the net and Sarah Womack turned in a good block on Mount Pleasant, but it was not enough. Sulphur Springs cut the to 13-10, but Mount Pleasant rallied behind two service aces by Alvarez at the service line and net points to win the second contest, 25-16.
Down 2-0 in games, if Sulphur Springs was going to stay in the match, they had to take the third set. A slow start by the Lady Cats caused them to fall behind 8-2. Moments later the lead was padded to 10 points, 19-9. Sulphur Springs had several shots bounce off them and go out, attempts by the Lady Cat to rally failed, despite kills from Kiara Johnson and Castro. The third set went to Mount Pleasant by the 25-12 final.
Seniors for Sulphur Springs who played in their final game Tuesday are: Dillie Collins, Shakoja Debase, Taja Evans, Kiara Johnson, Macy Johnston, Chaliyah Moore, Kennedy Potts and Destiny Wade.
In junior varsity action - Sulphur Springs lost 25-10, 22-25, 25-21 according to coach David Carrillo.
The Lady Cats freshmen team won 25-20, 12-25, 25-16. The squad finished 20-5 overall, 8-2 in district. Coach Jerrod Hammack said, “I am so proud of these young ladies.”
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