SSHS opens volleyball season after successful scrimmages
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Aug. 9, 2005 - After winning four of the five scrimmages they played over the weekend, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats are geared up to open the volleyball season today against Commerce.

The Lady Cats won three of the four scrimmages they played Saturday at Royse City's Play Day. After losing their opening match to Royse City, they came back to beat Greenville, Kaufman and Rowlett.

"Losing that first one was pretty disappointing because we didn't play well," said SSHS head coach John McCullough. "But, we came back and played better each of the next three games. The girls are pretty pumped up about that."

On Friday, the Lady Cats beat Commerce three straight games in their first scrimmage.

They travel to Commerce today to take on the Lady Tigers. Freshmen start at 5 p.m., with the JV and varsity to follow in the same gym.

"The Commerce coach had just gotten there the day before after moving from San Antonio, so they weren't as good as they are going to be," McCullough said. "What I told the girls is that we've got to play the way we're supposed to play, no matter who the opponent is."

Commerce tied for the District 11-3A championship last year, but graduated six seniors who received All-District honors and have a new coach.

Sulphur Springs is coming off a 16-14 season in which the Lady Cats finished second in district, went to the playoffs for the first time in four season and had a winning record for the first time in six years.

Returning lettermen for the Lady Cats include senior outside hitters Tara Gibby, Hailey Watson and Jessica Owens, junior middle blockers Kayla Morgan and Kristen McDonald, and back row defender Marlee Peugh.

After tonight, the Lady Cats return to action on Friday when they travel to Wills Point for a three-match set starting with the freshmen at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Cats' first home game is Aug. 23 against Rains and Chisum.

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