Lady Cats have tough time with tall hitter

From Staff Reports

Sept. 24, 2007 - PARIS - The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats have seen two of the top hitters in District 11-4A the last two matches. Without a lot of height to block them, the Lady Cats are 0-2.

On Friday, Paris got 25 kills from last season's district MVP Angela Robinson to power its way to a 25-12, 25-14, 25-21 victory. Paris (2-0, 20-5) has won both of its district matches in three straight games.

SSHS, which saw Texas High's powerful Dedra Ganaway on Friday to open 11-4A, fell to 0-2, 12-16 overall.

SSHS head coach Rachel Curtis said the Lady Cats fell behind early against Paris, the same thing that happened when they faced T-High.

"We showed up and saw some height there as well," she said of Paris. "They had some very strong hitters. We started slow once again. I'm not sure why we're doing that, but it's kind of killing us.

"In the third game, we finally started playing our game. They didn't change anything, but we did. We started to compete."

Junior Kelsey Smith had some key serves in the final game, and classmate Baleigh Butler led the team in kills with five to go with eight digs. Mackenzie Cross had four kills and three blocks, while Krista McMahan and Katie Dodd has two kills each.

"Baleigh had a lot of good kills, and Mac is consistently aggressive on the floor, no matter what," Butler said. "When we're all on, we're all on. But, when we're off, it seems to be everybody."

Senior Amanda McGowin led the team in digs, while sophomore Maurie Lewis had a team-high seven assists. Junior Brittani Crawford had one assist and one kill.

The Lady Cats will travel to Mount Pleasant on Tuesday to take on the Lady Tigers (0-2, 11-4), who lost in three straight games to North Lamar on Friday. The freshmen/JV matches will start at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity to follow.

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