Up and Over: Lady Cats surpass last year's win total by placing sixth at tournament

From Staff Reports

Sept. 4, 2007 - WILLS POINT - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats picked up a sixth-place finish in the 16-team Wills Point tournament on Saturday, and in the process surpassed their win total from last year.

Sulphur Springs finished the tournament with a 4-2 record after winning one match and losing two on Saturday. The Lady Cats' record is now 10-11, one win better than last year's final mark of 9-23.

The Lady Cats fell to Class 5A North Mesquite, 25-20, 25-18, and Forney, 25-12, 25-22, before defeating Quinlan Ford, 25-22, 25-18, in the sixth-place game.

"We got sixth out of 16 teams," stated SSHS head coach Rachel Curtis. "That's not bad, we're making improvements. Our girls are talking that are record is definitely increasing. They're getting their confidence up."

She hopes that confidence will translate into improved play. Turning that corner has been a subject of a lot of their discussions lately.

"I talk to them a lot about going out and being a volleyball team. Right now, they are fighting just to stay alive. I want them to go out there and be strong," Curtis said. "That was a big thing we worked on this weekend - being a presence rather than just going out and hoping not to lose.

"I want to develop a program that's strong with them and with the community."

The Lady Cats will try to carry that over today when they travel to Emory to play a twinbill against Canton and Rains. SSHS will play Rains at 5 p.m. today and then play Canton after that. The varsity and JV will be in the Rains High School gym, while the freshmen will play at the same time at the junior high.

To get ready for Rains, which beat Sulphur Springs in three straight games last week, the Lady Cats worked yesterday on hitting and covering outside hitters.

Our hitting is getting so much better," Curtis said. "Yesterday in practice, it was incredible. If we can do that tonight, I really think we can win.

"I want us to implement what we worked on yesterday. We trying to get more coverage on our hits in case they get blocked. Because we're shorter, we have to do things a little differently."

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