Lady Cats lose match but gain confidence

From Staff Reports

Sept. 10, 2007 - COMMERCE - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats weren't able to pull off an upset against state-ranked Commerce on Saturday, but the way they played put a smile on the face of head coach Rachel Curtis.

Commerce, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, won the first game handily, 25-11, but Sulphur Springs rallied to win the second game, then took the Lady Tigers to the wire in the final two games before losing 26-28 and 25-27.

SSHS head coach Rachel Curtis said though the Lady Cats (11-13) lost the match, they gained confidence.

"I was so proud of our girls. It was a huge turning point for us," Curtis said. "They have an amazing middle, they have some great outside hitters, and we played very, very well against them.

"I feel like it was one of the best teams in our area, and for us to win one game and come within two points on two others that could have went either way, was exceptional. Our girls needed that confidence."

The Lady Cats have just one more playing date before the start of District 11-4A play. They will travel to Pattonville tomorrow for a dual match against Prairiland and Mount Vernon. After an open date on Friday for homecoming, Sulphur Springs will host Texas High on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the 11-4A opener.

"I feel like we're ready," Curtis said. "I feel like we're prepared and every game we're getting closer and closer. Overall, we're improving and we're becoming the kind of team I envisioned at the start of the season."

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