Lady Cats drop four of five games at Texas Premier Tournament
From Staff Reports

Aug. 21, 2006 - McKINNEY - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats returned home after a rough ride through the Texas Premier Volleyball Tournament last weekend with an idea of what they need to work on.

The Lady Cats lost four of their five games in the two-day tournament, and now they must get ready for a double-header on Tuesday against Royse City and Chapel Hill. The games are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the SSHS gym.

On Friday, the Lady Cats (2-5) were matched up against Wylie, a regional quarterfinalist in 2005, and Crowley in pool play. They were scheduled to play in a different pool, but head coach Christi Funk said the schedule was changed at the last moment.

Sulphur Springs lost both pool games, though Funk said they competed hard. 

"We played well, but we just came out on the bottom," she said. "We played really well, and gave them good competition."

Statistics were not kept at the tournament.

From there, the Lady Cats came back on Saturday for bracket play, matching up with Whitesboro, Seagoville and McKinney JV. They beat Seagoville, but lost to the other two teams.

What Coach Funk found out is that the players didn't communicate well, though she was pleased with their serving and defense. In their final game, against the McKinney junior varsity, they just didn't show up to play.

"We played Whitesboro and ended up losing that game," she related. "We came out excited but not with any focus. We came out with enthusiasm but with no direction.

"That put us playing Seagoville, and we just rolled them. We had a great game, and really worked together. We had all of our strengths going and minimized our weaknesses, which was a change because for the most part our opponents had not been having to work for their points. They had gotten most of their points from our mistakes, and we were not capitalizing on their mistakes."

She said serving, especially that of Amanda McGowin, was a positive for the squad, along with the aggressive net play of Kayla Morgan and Marci Womack, and the setting of Jordan Anderson and Kelsey Evans.

"Our setters worked really hard with what they got. They were taking not-perfect passes and instead of just putting the ball up, making it something we can use as an offense."

In the final game, though the coach said nothing worked very well.

"We just absolutely rolled over," she said of the last match. "We're looking for a good practice today, because as a team I think we've all decided we don't want to feel like that again."

The squad will work on communicating and bonding together.

"One of our weaknesses is communication," Funk said. "We're saying the words, but we're not making a communication to the other players. So, we're going to work on actually communicating.

"We're just learning to play together on the floor. It's a whole new team this year, and that means a lot of changes, and we've got to adjust to those changes and make it work."

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