Lady Cats not happy with fourth place outcome
From Staff Reports

Sept. 11, 2006 - ROYSE CITY - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats finished fourth in the Challenger Bracket of the Royse City tournament on Saturday, and weren't very happy being there in the first place.

The Lady Cats, playing in their final volleyball tournament of the season, should have been in the Championship Bracket of the tournament after finishing second in pool play. But, the Royse City athletic director followed a different set of tie-breakers than the ones in the pre-determined rules, and put Sulphur Springs in the wrong bracket.

As it turned out, that had an unsettling impact on the players, said SSHS head coach Christi Funk.

The top two teams in pool play were supposed to be in the Championship Bracket, and the bottom two teams in the Challenger Bracket. SSHS (9-14-1) finished in second place after tying Farmersville, 1-1, beating Commerce, 2-0, and losing to Mabank, 2-0.

But, Commerce was put in the Championship bracket despite the Lady Cats beating them head-to-head. It was the first time in four matches that Sulphur Springs had beaten Commerce.

"It was a huge victory for our team. it did a lot for the girls, and was a good thing to happen going into district," Funk said. "To have beaten Commerce, which was something we had wanted to accomplish, and for Royse City to say that we still lost to them in seeding wasn't true. It was a mistake by the host school, which I discussed with the athletic director after we played.

"The emotional effect that had on the girls was very deflating, and that played out throughout the day on Saturday."

In bracket play, the Lady Cats beat Anna in two games, 25-18, 25-16, but then lost to Rains in three games and then lost to West Mesquite in the third-place game.

The Lady Cats are scheduled to finish the non-district portion of the schedule tomorrow when they travel to Pattonville Prairiland. They will have an off date on Friday for Fall Festival, then host Texas High next Tuesday in the District 11-4A opener.

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