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Lady Cats lose varsity finale

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The playoff-bound Longview Lady Lobos defeated Sulphur Springs in varsity volleyball action Tuesday night.

The large Parent’s Night crowd at the SSHS gym saw Longview win the match in three straight games.

The Lady Lobos won 25-3, 25-13, 25-17 as they advanced their record to 29-10, 7-5 in district. Longview will play Texas High Saturday in Texarkana to determine third and fourth places in the district.

Sulphur Springs ended the year with just one win in 13-4A volleyball action.

Special ceremonies were held to honor players for the Lady Cats at their final game of the year. Senior Maurie Lewis was recognized and given awards by players and coaches.

The Lady Cats have the bulk of the team coming back for next year under coach Brandi Small.

Small said she was encouraged by the way the team and played and progressed during the season in her first year coaching at Sulphur Springs.

“I am very excited about the off-season,” Small said. “We are coming together and learning what is expected. The players we have coming back are all getting used to playing together. I am very proud of the effort the girls have had during the season.”

Lewis said she was sad to play her final game, but enjoyed the experience.

“I am happy and sad,” Lewis said. “We played hard and came back to make it closer. I would have loved to win the last game, but we didn’t. I appreciate all the stuff the other girls and coaches gave me, I guess I deserve it since I am the only senior.”

Lewis, a three-year starter in volleyball is also a standout softball player. She will sign on Nov. 11 to continue her softball career at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark.

In the game Tuesday, Longview dominated the action taking the three game sweep in varsity play.

Anna Washington and Traci DeVance had 15 assists each with Emily Todd recording 11 kills for Longview.

In Game 1 the Lady Lobos jumped ahead early 14-0 and never looked back. Twice Sulphur Springs called time out to try and stop the momentum, but it did not work.

Jordan Taylor of Longview got in a groove serving and her jump serves were very effective. She had three aces before hitting into the net to make the score 14-1.

T’Kea Johnson had a kill at the net and Hannah McCampbell had a good serve to make it 19-3. The Lady Lobos finished strong scoring the final six points with Todd serving. The Lady Cats fell by the 3-25 final.

Game 2 was a closer battle between the district rivals. Jordan again got Longview on the right track with two service aces as they built an 8-2 lead. Kara Tomlinson had a kill for Sulphur Springs at the net and couple with a Gracie Cable score the Lady Cats cut the Longview margin to 8-4. Sulphur Springs stayed within striking distance with Johnson recording another thunderous kill at the net. Twice the Lady Cats took advantage of Longview errors into the net. Johnson served for a point to make it a 13-10 game with the Lady Lobos holding a slim lead.

Emily Mason came through with steady serves for Sulphur Springs. Longview called a time out to regroup as they were not as dominant in the second game as they were in the first game. Longview got three straight points to go ahead 16-10. The visitors outscored the Lady Cats 9-3 down the stretch. Todd has a key kill and Longview also came up with blocks at the net to thwart the Lady Cats. Longview won the second game, 25-13.

In Game 3, Sulphur Springs was gaining more confidence and tied the game three times, not allowing Longview to get a hot streak going. Jalie Eppars and Johnson had kills. Alex McGahee and McCampbell served for points and the game was deadlocked at 10-all.

Longview and Sulphur Springs traded points with the Lady Lobos edging ahead 20-16 with strong net play. Washington had key serve for points to close out the match with the visitors taking the 17-25 win.

Sulphur Springs got stronger and more confident in each game. But Longview own the match by the 3-0 sweep.

Also seeing action for the varsity was Victoria Calhoun, Alissa Doughtie and Samantha Scott.

In junior varsity action, Sulphur Springs won 25-8, 25-15 over Longview. The win gave the JV second place in the district with a 10-2 record, 25-9 overall.

Members of the JV team are: Lauren Humphries, Norticka Noyes, Melinda Escobar, Hailey Hollingsworth, Tori Cotton, Jessica Horton, Mattison Perry, Ariel Spataro, Toni Cody and Kyri Ivery.

“We are very blessed to have a team of players who love to compete, they like each other and are willing to work hard,” said JV coach Eric Buck. “Their parents and the community should be very proud to have these young ladies representing them each time they play.”

The Sulphur Springs freshmen won over Longview, 25-18, 25-21. The squad is 18-13 on the season, 9-3 in district.

Freshmen players include: Monique Rivera, Bailee Coleman, Jaci Patterson, Michelle Rivera, Haylee Schulz, Kaylee Anderson, Hailey Dixon, Meagan McCullough, Andi Clark, Cami Williams, Sammi Ngyuen, Cassidy Luna, Kelsie Adams and Brittanny Thrush.

“We had a great year. We had our ups and downs but overall we improved from where we were at the beginning of the year,”  said coach David Carrillo. “They worked really hard and that's all I could ask. I am very proud of our girls.”




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