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Lady Cats drop opening matches; Sulphur Springs loses dual matches against North Lamar, Prairiland

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It wasn’t the way you would draw up a season opener. But it was encouraging.

The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats fell to Prairiland and North Lamar in a dual volleyball match held at the Sulphur Springs High School gym.

Against Prairiland, the Lady Cats took a 25-22 win in the opening game before losing 21-25, 9-25, 23-25.

In action against North Lamar, Sulphur Springs lost the overall match 3-1. The visitors won 25-14, 25-8, 25-22. The lone win by the Lady Cats came in the third game when they took a 25-22 victory.

The games were the initial action for the Lady Cats and new Sulphur Springs head volleyball coach Brandi Small.

“We played well when we talked to each other, when we didn’t talk, we did not play too well,” Small said. “It will be easier when we have played a few games and we are all on the same page.”

Small explained that her players are still learning each other and her system.

“We’re adjusting to each other,” Small said. “We also had a lack of focus. Like on some key serves, we missed chances to score because of a lack of focus, it wasn’t the lack of ability to make the play. Twice we came back when were behind to make a run.”

Lady Cats

vs. Prairiland

The first game turned out to be as good as it got for Sulphur Springs in this match.

Despite technical difficulties getting the scoreboard to function, the game continued.

Maurie Lewis made some clutch serves for points while Jalie Eppars and T’Kea Johnson had booming kills at the net. The home team went up 15-13 and padded the advantage with steady pinpoint low serves by Samantha Scott for three straight points. Lewis served the final two points of the game as Sulphur Springs won 25-22.

The second game belonged to Prairiland. The Lady Pats bolted ahead 7-1 and never looked back. The visitors got sixth straight service points by Kelti Mowery to extend the lead to 17-8. Emily Mason got seven consecutive service points and Sulphur Springs moved to within 18-14. Two kills and a block by Kara Tomlinson at the net allowed the Lady Cats to reduce the lead to 21-18, Sulphur Springs fell 21-25, despite scoring 14 of the final 18 points in the game.

The third game was one-sided as the Lady Pats rolled to a 9-25 win.

In the fourth game, Sulphur Springs lost 23-25. Again it was Sulphur Springs staging a late rally behind six straight service points by Colette McDuff. Eppars and Tomlinson had some key kills. But it was not enough for the win.

Lady Cats

vs. North Lamar

The Lady Cats had a hard time getting in gear in the opening game against North Lamar.

North Lamar edged ahead 12-7 behind steady serving and net play. Katie Thomas had nine service points, including the final points to win the game.

The second game was all North Lamar as they took a 25-9 win. Eppars turned in some nice net play.

The third game was some of the best competition of the entire dual event.

The game was tied at 7-all and  Morton turned in some steady service points backed by Johnson’s kills shots. Sulphur Springs was also able to take advantage of miscues by North Lamar. The Lady Cats fell behind 22-18 after a strong rally by North Lamar.  Down the stretch Sulphur Springs got six points from Mason serves.     The game was tied at 23-all as neither squad wanted to surrender. The Lady Cats got a Johnson kill off a perfect set by Lewis. Johnson served for the game winner with North Lamar hitting into the net to end the stellar game.

The fourth game of the match was disappointing as the Lady Cats had a 20-16 lead only to see North Lamar rally and win 25-20.

In ninth grade action, the Sulphur Springs squads lost 23-25, 24-26 to Prairiland; the Lady Cats won 25-20 over North Lamar, but fell 20-25, 18-18.

The Sulphur Springs JV won 25-23, 25-22 against Prairiland and lost 23-25.

The Lady Cats ninth grade, JV will play Thursday through Saturday in the Eustace tournament.

All three teams play Friday in Mount Vernon starting at 2 p.m. The next home game is Sept. 4.




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