SSHS volleyball wins pool games

From Staff Reports

Aug. 31, 2007 - WILLS POINT - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats again showed on Thursday the ability to bounce back after a subpar result, winning all three of their pool games in the Wills Point tournament.

The Lady Cats swept all three teams they played, beating Wills Point JV (after Lakeview Centennial canceled) 25-17, 25-20, disposing of Venus 25-17, 25-22, and then defeating Quinlan Ford, 25-22, 25-18.

That came just two days after Sulphur Springs dropped a three-game set to Emory Rains at home. SSHS head coach Rachel Curtis said the Lady Cats had just one day of practice between the Rains game and the tournament, so they worked on what she considered a weak spot.

"I think coverage was a big deal, and we worked on that, and it helped a little bit," she said. "Rains just had some real strong outside hitters that we didn't defend very well, so we adjusted one of our girls and that really helped us in the tournament yesterday."

She said the players also work well together, and it's showing up in the results of the matches. After starting the season with a 1-6 record following the McKinney Premier Tournament, the Lady Cats have now evened their season mark at 9-9, having won eight of their last 11 matches.

"Yesterday, they came together as a team," Curtis said. "They did what they needed to do. We just came out strong. We looked good and pulled together as a team. They played hard."

Now, Sulphur Springs will enter the championship bracket of the tournament on Saturday with the opening game at 8 a.m. The championship game is set for 7 p.m.

The Lady Cats were good at serving and continue to improve their passing, Curtis said. That was evident by what sophomore setter Maurie Lewis told her.

"Our setter had a great game. She set up our hitters well," Curtis explained. "She told me, 'Coach, it's so much easier when the passes are getting to me,' so she's indicating the passes are getting better. We're improving on our digging defense, and our hits were incredible."

Top servers for the day were junior Baleigh Butler and senior Amanda McGowin, while junior strikers Katie Dodd and Mackenzie Cross led the team in kills.

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