Paris halts Lady Cats' momentum with sweep
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 11, 2006 - PARIS - Coming off a big win over the Texas High Lady Tigers on Friday, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats couldn't keep the momentum going and were swept by the Paris Lady Cats Tuesday night 25-22, 25-11, 26-24.

"They missed a lot of serves in Game 3 that really helped us get up on them," said SSHS coach Christi Funk. "It got our spirits up and they are consistent and we are looking at a whole new defensive lineup that we have never played before. Due to injury, hardly anybody is playing in the same position that they have been, and I was really impressed with the job that they did tonight."

SSHS (1-6, 9-20 overall) were playing without senior setter Jordan Anderson, who suffered a possible meniscus tear on Friday, forcing the Lady Cats to try a different strategy against Paris.

"She (Jordan) will have an MRI later this week," Funk said. "That certainly changes our entire lineup ,and we ended up playing a 5-1 which we have not done before and those girls have never played that ever in their high school careers."

"Jordan brings great leadership to the team and she will bring that same leadership during practice and on the bench," Funk said. "We are going to be working on playing a 5-1 with one setter and that is probably what we will be running for the rest of the year because I think Jordan is out for the season."

Kelsey Evans was the lone setter for the Lady Cats and finished with one ace and 13 assists. Junior Marci Womack led the team in kills with six to go with five aces and two blocks, while senior Kristen McDonald had five kills and four aces, senior Kayla Morgan had three kills and two blocks, Mackenzie Cross added two kills, and Baleigh Butler had three kills and two aces.

In the third game, Paris got out to a 24-17 lead as Etosha Sims had three straight aces during a 6-0 run and then on game point she served the ball out for the 24-18 lead.

Womack then served the Lady Cats back to a 24-all tie before then Paris took scored the final two point to take the win.

Game 3 resembled much of how Game 1 went for the Lady Cats as Paris jumped out to an early 6-1 advantage, before Sulphur Springs scored six of the next nine points for a 9-7 deficit as McDonald had four of the Lady Cats' points during that run.

The closest Sulphur Springs got in the first game was at 14-13 when Baleigh Butler smacked an ace past the Paris defense, but the deficit was never closer than two points the remainder of the game.

In Game 2, Paris jumped out to a 7-2 lead behind the play of Angela Robinson - who finished with 15 kills and one block in the contest - with a massive kill off an assist from Ali Ryan. Robinson had nine kills in Game 2 and scored the game winner for the 25-11 finale.

The Lady Cats travel to Mount Pleasant Friday with the freshman and JV starting at 4:30 p.m.

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