Lady Cats win first game of 2005 volleyball season
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 10, 2005 - COMMERCE - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats opened up the volleyball season with a 25-18, 25-27, 25-14, 25-14 win over the Commerce Lady Tigers Tuesday night.

Head coach John McCollough's team travels to Wills Point Friday with the freshman starting at 4 p.m.

"We came out and started very strong and played well early, and then in that second game we just lost focus or relaxed after the first game. But ,then we fought back and got it tied at 23-23," McCollough said.

"We had several opportunities to take advantage and win the game but we didn't do that. The girls then got focused and came out and won games three and four and they played the way that we are supposed to play."

SSHS started Game 1 strong as senior Tara Gibby gave them a 6-3 lead on back-to-back kills as she had 12 kills and three assists in the match.

"Tara Gibby did a great job attacking up front and getting some kills for us during the game," McCullough said.

Later in the first game, the Lady Cats went on a five-point run as Marlee Peugh smacked two aces during that run and was a key performer according to McCollough with her serving during the match.

"Marlee had a great night serving for us and I think it was the first game that she knocked off six or seven in a row. When you can dominate serving that is definitely going to help, and she had several aces for us," the coach said.

In Game 2, Commerce jumped out to an 11-4 lead as Sulphur Springs had four miscues on balls during that period, but then went on a 16-11 run to get to 21-20 and tied the game up four times before Commerce wrapped it up with a kill from Catherine Yoakut and an ace from Charity Cruz for the 27-25 win.

In Game 3, Sulphur Springs tied the score at 5-5 when junior Kayla Morgan delivered her only ace of the game before Hailey Watson and Gibby gave SSHS a 7-5 lead.

Later in the same game, the Lady Cats went on a 7-0 run to give them a 24-13 lead as Morgan, Watson and Brittany Moore had kills during that run. Watson recorded two of her six kills during that stretch. She finished with one ace, 11 assists and one block.

In Game 4, Sulphur Springs jumped out to an early 7-0 lead behind the serving of Laura Ream as she recorded three aces during that stretch, and McCollough said she played a big part in the service game for the Lady Cats.

After a Commerce timeout, the Lady Tigers rallied to tie the game at 9-9 as Tat Booth had three kills. Booth had 11 kills for the Lady Tigers during the match.

Sulphur Springs then closed out the game on an 8-1 run to take the 3-1 victory.

"I was very proud of them, and it is still early in the season," McCollough said. "We had too many balls that hit the floor where people weren't communicating but at the same time I was pleased with the defense as people were diving on the floor and keeping the ball alive. Overall, we played a great game and I am very pleased with the first game."

Moore had four aces and 11 kills for the Lady Cats, while Morgan finished with six kills, one block and one ace.

Yoakut had four kills, five assists and one ace for the Lady Tigers, while teammate Roxy Tolly had five kills, one block and one ace.

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