Lady Cats hosting T-High in district opener

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

Sept. 18, 2007 - SSHS head coach Rachel Curtis doesn't know much about the Texas High volleyball team except that they're tall.

That's the way it's been all season for the Lady Cats.

Sulphur Springs (12-14) will host Texas High (15-11) in the District 11-4A opener today. JV and freshmen games will start at 4:30 p.m. in separate gyms at SSHS, with the varsity to follow at about 5:30 p.m.

Playing a taller opponent has been a common theme for the Lady Cats this season as they have just one player over 5-9.

"All I know is they're tall," Curtis said of the Lady Tigers. "Any night, anyone can do anything, so I emphasize to my girls that we're not going to worry about what they're doing. We're going to make sure we're playing our game."

To combat their height disadvantage, the Lady Cats have continued to work on hitting, passing and serving. Those have been the common three elements all year that Curtis has drilled into the squad.

"We've been working on hitting and hitting hard," Curtis said. "We continue to work on our passing and serving every day, but we've really been emphasizing hitting lately."

She has also been talking to the players about maximizing their teamwork.

"We have a theme each week and they put it in their notebook and they have quotes and stuff. This week, it's teamwork," she explained. "If we pull together and everyone do their part, we'll be successful. They need to understand what their part is, and if they do that, everyone will succeed."

In other 11-4A action, Lindale (14-11) hosts North Lamar (20-4), ranked No. 14 in the TGCA state poll, and Paris (18-5) travels to Mount Pleasant.

Notes: Tonight is Middle School Night, where SSMS players will take a tour of the dressing rooms and be recognized at the game.

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