Lady Cats volleyball swept in three games
From Staff Reports

Sept. 6, 2006 - BONHAM - The Bonham Lady Warriors are ranked No. 5 in the state for a reason, and they showed why on Tuesday.

Bonham, which has been ranked in the Top 5 all year in Class 3A, beat the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats in three games.

"They definitely were a challenge for us," said SSHS head coach Christi Funk. "Their biggest strength was their front row attack. When you're attacking with that intensity, it's a higher level.

"Without a doubt it was the best team we've played. I'm excited about what it will do for us. Now that we've seen a higher level of play, I think we can take that into our next match."

That will come Friday and Saturday in the Royse City tournament. The Lady Cats will take a 7-11 record into the tournament after Tuesday's loss.

"The good thing about losing is that we saw higher level of play, and that exposed some weaknesses that we have," Funk said. "It was more of a learning night. The girls showed the willingness to want to get to that level themselves. They played with the desire to get there."

Statistics from the match were unavailable, but Funk said Bonham's front row attack was too strong for the Lady Cats.

"It breaks down our offense so we can't attack," she said. "We didn't have the opportunity to attack their defense like they attacked ours because of the intensity of their play.

"We never got to where we were able to be the attacker."

The loss comes on the heels of a fourth-place finish at the Wills Point tournament on Saturday. The Lady Cats finished second in their pool to set them up in the championship bracket.

On Saturday, they defeated the host team to advance in the winners' side of the bracket, but were beaten by Bullard (which advanced to the championship game against Commerce) and Crandall. Still, it was a fourth-place finish and the first time since they were freshmen that the seniors had advanced on the winners' side of a tournament's championship bracket.

"It was very exciting," the coach said.

She commended the back row of moving to the ball and said Amanda McGowin, Brittani Dillard and Kristen McDonald are all improving their passing. She also complimented the play of setters Jordan Anderson and Kelsey Evans.

Notes: The JV and freshmen teams both lost the third games of their deciding matches against Bonham. In both cases, the final game was a two-point loss. The JV had been down, 14-1, in the second game before coming back and forcing a deciding Game 3.

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