Lady Cats improve to 2-0
From Staff Reports

August 16, 2004 - JACKSONVILLE - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats put the second mark in the win column Friday night as they beat Jacksonville three straight games to improve to 2-0 on the season.

The Lady Cats won by scores of 25-12, 25-18, 25-17 on the strength of improved serving and defense, said SSHS head volleyball coach John McCullough.

"One thing we really focused on after Tuesday's game against Commerce was we talked about missed serves," McCullough said. "We had 21 missed serves Tuesday night, and we only had five missed serves on Friday, so that was a big improvement.

"We really focused on that in practice, and the girls did a great job with that. We got 93 percent of our serves in, and 25 percent of those were aces. I was real pleased with that."

Senior Casey Carper was the Lady Cats' top scorer, getting 21-of-22 serves in and scoring 17 points including 10 aces. Junior Tara Gibby added 10 points on 11-of-12 serves including a pair of aces.

"Casey did an outstanding job serving the ball," the coach explained. "She also played well on the back row along with Christina Patchen and Stephanie Kethley.

"Christina had some great digs playing in the back row which has to do with being in the right position, defensive-wise. Kethley also did a good job in the back row with good passing," McCullough said. "The main thing was everybody contributed. Everybody played, so we got contributions from everyone on the team."

The front row did not have any blocks, but that was mostly because Jacksonville did not do a good job of trying to kill the ball.

Sulphur Springs' Kayla Morgan had a good night at the net, getting five kills in five tries.

"We played really well. We played good defensively. We weren't quite as sharp as we were Tuesday, but I think part of that had to do with Jacksonville, in my opinion, not being as skillful as Commerce," McCullough said. "The girls executed well.

The Lady Cats return to the court tomorrow with a 5 p.m. three-way meet with John Tyler and Atlanta. All three SSHS teams will be in action at the John Tyler gymnasium.

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