Lady Cats perform well in first scrimmage of year

From Staff Reports

Aug. 13, 2007 - Two of the main concerns Rachel Curtis had going into Sulphur Springs' first volleyball scrimmage on Saturday were passing and serving. She gave them both a passing grade, but realizes there are other aspects the Lady Cats must work on now.

Curtis, the SSHS first-year head coach, has concentrated on shoring up the Lady Cats' passing and teaching the "floater" serve. She was encouraged that the practice time showed up on the court Saturday when the Lady Cats played Terrell, Wills Point and Mabank.

"We did real well with our passing, and I believe that it's because of all the drills that we've been doing," she explained. "It's very encouraging. As a coach, you always hope it's going to pay off, and it did. Our serving looked real good as well. I was having our varsity serve spots, and they were hitting their spots every time. So, that was very encouraging."

She also saw some specific skills the Lady Cats need to work on, like blocking at the net. The girls' lack of height makes that skill even more difficult.

"We have some improvement to make on our blocking," Curtis admitted. "Defensively, we struggled in the third game. The first and second games against Terrell and Wills Point we did real well. We had good coverage.

"Mabank kind of hammered it to us, and today, we're working on the blocking defense. We've got it all laid out as far as what needs to happen."

The Lady Cats practiced this morning, then are scheduled to host Mount Vernon in their final preseason scrimmage at 5 p.m. tomorrow. The JV/freshmen will play in the SSHS auxiliary gym while the varsity will be in the main gym.

"Saturday's scrimmage went well. All levels did well," Curtis emphasized. "They executed the things we asked them to do. Scrimmage is also always a good time to see what things we need to work on, and we definitely saw those things."

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