Lady Cat volleyball takes down Wills Point in four games
From Staff Reports

Aug. 15, 2005 - WILLS POINT - Two matches down with two big ones to go.

The Lady Cats improved their season volleyball record to 2-0 on Friday with a four-game victory over Wills Points, and now face a tough assignment on Tuesday with a doubleheader against John Tyler and Chapel Hill.

Riding their defense and serving, the Lady Cats bested Wills Point, 25-19, 25-18, 15-25, 25-16.

"I thought overall, we played excellent defense. We had several great plays out there," said SSHS head coach John McCullough. "Brittany Moore made several diving plays. Marlee Peugh had an outstanding pancake. She and Jessica Owens were both diving, and she got it up and we were able to keep that ball alive."

The Lady Cats are also doing a good job serving, though it didn't appear at first that would be the case. Sulphur Springs missed four of its first six serves, but had just two bad serves the remainder of the four-game match.

Peugh, a senior, led the team in serves, getting all 15 in and scoring 10 points including an ace. Junior Kayla Morgan was 12-of-14 for 10 points.

"We gave them four free points at the start, but after that, we missed just two serves the rest of the game," McCullough explained. "Both matches, we've missed six serves each, so we're hitting over 90 percent on our serves, which is good. The girls are taking pride in that.

"I told them, 'Let the other team make mistakes, not us.' And, that's really what we're doing right now. We're doing a good job of keeping the ball in play and not making mistakes."

Wills Point had no more than four blocks against the Lady Cats against the powerful hitting of seniors Tara Gibby and Hailey Watson and junior Kristen McDonald. Gibby led the team with eight kills, while McDonald had six and Watson three. Gibby, a three-year starter, also had a team-high four blocks, and Morgan added two.

"They weren't stopping our attacks," McCullough said. "I told the girls they need to just keep hitting and attack, and the girls did a good job of that."

With Watson also recording 11 assists and senior Laura Ream with nine assists, the Lady Cats were able to get all of their players involved.

"We're kind of spreading everything out, which is good, because we don't have one person that if they stop her, we're in trouble," said McCullough. "We're able to kind of mix it up. If Tara or Kayla's not in the middle, we have girls on the outside coming in and hitting and getting points for us. We did a much better job of passing. I think we made progress from the Tuesday before."

The coach is looking for even more progress this Tuesday when the team travels to John Tyler for the three-team match. They are scheduled to get underway at 4:30 p.m.

John Tyler finished as District 12-5A runner-up, while Chapel Hill was the District 15-3A champion and advanced to the regional semifinals last season.

"I'm looking forward to this game to measure how far we are. Last year against John Tyler, they came out and really intimidated us. The last game, we really didn't compete, and against Chapel Hill we had that carry-over and didn't play as well as we should have," McCullough said. "I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I think it's going to be a challenge for the girls, and I hope they accept that challenge and get out and play and compete and get after it."

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