Lady Cats lose regular season finale to Greenville
From Staff Reports

Oct. 25, 2005 - GREENVILLE - Greenville avenged its only district loss of the season Friday with a four-game victory over the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats that dropped SSHS into third place in 12-4A.

With a win in the regular season finale, Greenville cemented its place atop the district standings with a 9-1 record, 22-10 overall. The Lady Lions will have a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Sulphur Springs (6-4, 21-13) had already clinched a playoff berth going into the game, and finished third in the district because North Lamar (7-3, 20-13) finished off a five-game victory over Texas High.

The Lady Cats will face Wylie, the second-place team in District 11-4A, in the bi-district round. SSHS head coach John McCullough confirmed Monday that the playoff game is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Royse City High School. Wylie is designated as the home team.

The Lady Cats led late in Game 1 on Friday, won Game 2, but couldn't muster enough quality play a the net to beat Greenville in Games 3 and 4, McCullough said. The Lady Lions won by scores of 26-24, 20-25, 25-18, 25-18.

Sulphur Springs held a 24-20 lead in Game 1, but Greenville broke serve on game point and then rolled off six straight points behind the serving of Kate Jones to take the victory. Blanca Saavedra led the Lady Lions with 10 kills while Gabby Castillo added eight.

Sulphur Springs junior Kayla Morgan had eight blocks and eight kills in the match, while senior Tara Gibby added eight kills and senior Hailey Watson contributed 18 assists.

Sulphur Springs ended the regular season with 21 wins, which is the third-most wins in Lady Cat history, trailing only the 23 victories of the 1991 team and the 22 wins posted in 1993. The Lady Cats, though, lost for the fourth time in their last five games.

"Greenville is the best team in the district from the start of the district season until now," McCullough said. "I think we're right there with them, which we showed the first two games, but for whatever reason, we're not playing Games 3 and 4 very well.

"It's the same thing that happened against North Lamar the other night."

He said the Lady Cats are giving away too many possessions by not hitting good, hard kill shots and by not blocking well enough on the outside hitters.

"We'll get two or three good kills, but after that we're just not executing hits. The back row played well again on Friday, but we've got to find a way to attack better later in the game," he said.

"I don't know if it's conditioning or maybe we're trying to do too much - I don't know. But, we're going to work on that this week and see if we can get those problems solved before Thursday."

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