Lady Cats split matches with MV, Prairiland

From Staff Reports

Sept. 12, 2007 - PATTONVILLE - SSHS head volleyball coach Rachel Curtis saw the good and the bad from her team on Tuesday. She wants to eliminate the bad before next week's district opener.

The Lady Cats swept Mount Vernon in three games last night, but turned around and lost in a three-game match to Prairiland. That gives SSHS an 11-13 record heading into Tuesday's District 11-4A opener against Texas High.

The Lady Cats beat Mount Vernon 25-20, 25-22, 25-18. It was the first time they had seen the Lady Tigers since a preseason scrimmage.

"The girls played well and they played as a team, and I believe it's our teamwork that won that game for us," Curtis said. "Their coach told us we had really improved a lot, and that's encouraging because when you're in the middle of it, you don't always see all the improvement.

"One of the big turning points was us working as a team."

Junior Krista McMahan had a strong defensive game, and classmate Katie Dodd was strong at the net.

Against Prairiland, however, the Lady Cats didn't serve well (seven bad serves) and didn't adjust defensively to the Lady Pats' tips.

"They were tipping a lot on us and we didn't cover well," Curtis said. "We moved a couple of girls around, and it helped, but we just didn't play very well, and they knew it.

"For the first time all year, we kind of pulled apart, and that was right after a game in which we played very well together. I called a timeout and said, 'We will not be this way.' "

Rather than taking the bad taste of the last game into district, Curtis wants the girls to remember how they played against Mount Vernon and No. 2-ranked Commerce, who they matched up with on Saturday.

"This is right before district, and the last thing I want is for us to take this into district," the coach said. "So, I want us to forget this game, and start things new next week. We were coming off two strong games against Commerce and Mount Vernon, and I want them to carry that into district."

Junior Baleigh Butler was the top server and had a strong game at the net in the finale.

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