Paris remains in second place in 11-4A with three-game sweep of Lady Cats
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
Oct. 10, 2007 - In their rematch against Paris on Tuesday night, the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats once again saw the power of last season's district MVP Angela Robinson in a three-game sweep at the middle school.
This time, Robinson had 22 kills in a 25-14, 25-22, 25-7 victory as Paris improved to 24-6 overall and 6-1 in District 11-4A play. SSHS fell to 0-7, 12-21 overall.
SSHS head coach Rachel Curtis said Paris came ready to play.
"I believe they played better tonight than they did the first time we played them," she said of Paris. "We were ready, and the first game our girls played amazing and I was very proud of them. In the third game, we pretty much gave the game to them."
In the final game, Robinson powered a vicious shot that landed right in the path of SSHS junior Baleigh Butler, who suffered a mild concussion.
In Game 1, SSHS battled throughout and had the game tied early at 5-5 on a hitting error by Paris. Following a 4-0 run by Paris, SSHS junior Mackenzie Cross slammed home a kill of an assist from Maurie Lewis for a 9-6 deficit.
Later in the game, Sulphur Springs junior Katie Dodd closed the Paris lead to 11-9 on her third kill of Game 1 off an assist from Lewis. Dodd led the team with five kills, all of them in the opening game.
In Game 2, Robinson once again led the Paris attack with 11 kills in the game as Sulphur Springs could not figure out how to defend the powerful hitter.
Paris jumped out to a 10-1 lead as Robinson had six kills and an ace from Ali Ryan, who finished with four aces and 26 assists.
SSHS battled back and got to within 21-19 on a service ace by Kamesha Hall.
Paris then put the game away with kills by Shacadria Davis and Robinson along with an ace by Raci Lancaster for the 25-22 win.
"We had some key blocks in Game 2 and did excellent work as far as defense goes," Curtis said. "They girls were digging and they did well, but we could not get those last few points in there."
In the final game, Paris jumped out to a 16-3 lead as Davis had four kills during the run and finished with nine kills in the match.
After the injury to Butler with the score 19-6, Paris wrapped up the game with two aces by Ryan and kills from Randi Mancuso and Davis for the 25-7 finale.
The Lady Cats will play their home finale on Friday against the Mount Pleasant Lady Tigers in the SSMS gym. The varsity, participating in Senior Night activities, will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by the junior varsity and freshmen.
Curtis said Friday's game will be the best chance to come away with their first district win.
"It is a huge opportunity for us and the girls are ready for a win. We will see and hopefully we will come through," she said. "With the losing record that we have in district, it can be discouraging and you can see some teams give up. My girls have not given up and that shows this community what they can be proud of and something I can definitely be proud of."