Lady Cats' record even at 2-2
From Staff Reports

August 18, 2004 - TYLER - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats' record evened at 2-2 for the season after they ran into John Tyler and Chapel Hill Tuesday.

The Lady Cats, who went into the dual meet with a 2-0 record, were never able to find a rhythm against the tall, athletic Lady Lions of JT, and that carried over to their next match against Chapel Hill, said SSHS head coach John McCullough.

"We didn't really play very well last night. We kind of looked out-of-sync. We just didn't play as sharp as we had been playing," McCullough said. hat's not to take anything away from John Tyler. They had three girls who were very tall and very athletic, and they did a great job on kills.

"I think after losing to John Tyler, the girls just weren't able to get back up and ready to play against Chapel Hill. We suffered from a lack of intensity."

JT (5-0) won by scores of 25-13, 25-13, 25-18., while Chapel Hill (2-3) won in three straight games, 25-16, 25-23, 25-7.

The Lady Cats' leading server against Chapel Hill was Stephanie Kethley with nine points and two aces. The leading server against Tyler was Casey Carper with six points and three aces.

"We did have some bright spots with girls diving and bringing balls back in and making great plays, but we just didn't do it consistently last night," McCullough said. "Nobody really got on a roll. We never got anything going consistently. We had two or three runs where we played good defense and looked good, and then we'd just kind of fall apart.

"In the last week, we were able to get on a roll, and we weren't able to do that last night."

Middle blocker Kayla Morgan, at 6-0, is the tallest Lady Cat, but she didn't play last night after injuring her foot on Saturday. Susan Dorn also sat out after getting stitches from an injury suffered in practice, and two-year starter Christina Patchen played the first game, but got dehydrated.

"We had some different people in different spots, but at the same time, you've got to have people step up in those situations, and we just didn't look like we were in sync last night," McCullough said.

The Lady Cats will take their 2-2 record to the McKinney North tournament tomorrow, playing Rockwall at 5 p.m. and then facing either Gunter or North Garland at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. They are not scheduled to play on Friday, then will finish the tournament on Saturday.

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