Lewis, Cross earn district high honors for Lady Cats

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 13, 2007 - Sulphur Springs sophomore Maurie Lewis made a positive impression on the District 11-4A volleyball coaches, as did junior Mackenzie Cross, again.

Lewis, the Lady Cats' leaders in sets and assists, was voted the district's Newcomer of the Year, while Cross - who was the Co-Newcomer of the Year in 2006 - was a First Team All-District selection.

In addition, senior back row player Kamesha Hall and junior outside hitter Baleigh Butler were voted Second Team All-District. Earning Honorable Mention were junior outside hitter Brittani Crawford and senior defender Amanda McGowin.

The voting was conducted last week by the 11-4A coaches.

Lewis was the team's top setter, accumulating 642 sets and 122 assists in 10 district games. She was also one of the top servers, getting in 78-of-83 serves (94 percent).

She was the only sophomore on the team, but started every game. She had 100 assists more than anyone else on the team.

Cross, who played middle blocker and outside hitter, was the team leader in most offensive categories. She led the Lady Cats in attacks, getting in 154 hits in 211 attacks. She also had 44 kills and 41 blocks, both of which were team-highs. She also got in 90-of-98 serves (92 percent) and ended district with a team-high 123 digs and a 71-percent pass rating.

Cross shared the Newcomer of the Year award as a sophomore.

Hall, one of only two seniors on the team, was the Lady Cats' top server, missing just two serves during district play. She got in 117-of-119 serves (98 percent) and also came up with 45 digs and 60 passes.

Butler teamed with Cross at the net to give the Lady Cats some hitting power. She finished with a 79 percent attack rate, which was the highest among front-row players. She had 138 hits in 175 attacks with 43 kills, just one behind Cross, and nine blocks. She also came up with 90 digs, two assists and had 91 percent success in serving (79-of-87).

Crawford really came on district and ended the 11-4A campaign with 15 blocks, a 78-percent attack rage (65-of-83) with 19 kills and 17 assists, which was second-highest on the team. She also had 57 passes and 37 digs.

McGowin was also one of the top servers as she got in 117-of-124 serves (94 percent) and ended district with 70 digs and three kills.

Other district superlative honors included Paris senior Angela Robinson winning the MVP award for the second consecutive season. Her classmate Ali Ryan was named Most Valuable Setter.

North Lamar also had two superlative award winners as senior Logan Anglin was voted the Most Valuable Hitter and senior Ali Stone was deemed Most Valuable Blocker. Lindale's Ashton Brey was named Most Valuable Defender/Libero.

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