Lady Cats volleyball finishes Tyler tournament in second place
From Staff Reports

Sept. 6, 2005 - TYLER - Maybe Tyler will lead to better things.

Sulphur Springs volleyball coach John McCullough certainly hopes the Lady Cats use the second-place finish they achieved Saturday in the Challenger bracket of the Tyler Tournament as a springboard into the remainder of the season.

The Lady Cats beat Nacogdoches and Tyler Lee on Saturday before losing to Longview in the bracket finals. Junior Brittany Moore and senior Laura Ream were both voted onto the All-Tournament team.

"We're making progress, and my challenge to them was to play at this level the rest of the year and keep building on that," McCullough said. "The girls talked about playing to the level of the competition, but this weekend the girls played at a high level the whole weekend. If we can continue to do that, good things will happen for us.

"I was pleased with how we played."

The Lady Cats swept both Nacogdoches and Lee in the first two rounds. They beat Nac, 25-19, 25-13, then defeated Lee, 25-19, 25-20.

Against Nac, Moore scored a team-high 11 points and three aces to go with two digs and a kill. Junior Kayla Morgan led the team in kills with six, while senior Tara Gibby and junior Kristen McDonald had four kills each. Morgan added a block and three points, while Gibby had three points and six digs.

Hailey Watson added three points and six assists, and Ream had three points, one kill and eight assists. Senior Marlee Peugh had eight points and three aces, and Colbie Cross recorded four digs.

In their win over Robert E. Lee, Moore again led the team in scoring with nine points, including three aces, to go with 10 digs and three kills. Gibby had a team-high four kills and scored eight service points.

Morgan contributed two kills and a block, Ream added five points, a team-high eight assists and two kills, and McDonald had three kills. Watson added four points, six assists and one kill.

McCullough said the win over Lee was significant.

"I was very pleased with the way the girls played in both games, especially the Tyler Lee game," he said. "Tyler Lee beat us in two games last year, and our girls came back this year and beat them in two and played very well."

The Lady Cats carried their winning streak into the first game against Longview in the Challenger finals, 25-22, but the Lady Lobos came back to win, 21-25, 16-25.

Watson led the team in scoring with nine points to go with four kills and nine assists. Gibby added seven points and a team-high five kills, while Morgan had two blocks and three kills.

McDonald added five kills, Moore contributed two kills, seven digs and two points, and Peugh had two points and seven digs.

The Lady Cats are scheduled to play at Paris Chisum today, with the freshmen and JV games to start at 4:30 p.m., and varsity to begin at about 5:30 p.m. On Friday, SSHS will host Pittsburg at 4:30 p.m. in a varsity-only game.

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