Lady Cats drop three game to PT

By DON WALLACE, News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 22, 2008 - Perhaps the gap between Pine Tree and other teams is not as wide as District 13-4A observers might think.

The Lady Pirates came into the Sulphur Springs gym Tuesday with an impressive 22-14 record, 9-1 in district play. Pine Treeleft with a three-game sweep over the Lady Cats 25-20, 25-21 and 25-19, but they knew they had been in a battle.

"We had Pine Tree scared. At times they were really concerned with how well we played. It was a good feeling," said Sulphur Springs head volleyball coach Rachel Curtis with a smile. "Its just a shame we did not win a game, because this is the best we have played all year. We just missed a few serves and make some mistakes and you can't do that against a good team like Pine Tree."

Kelsey Smith, only in her second game back from injury, got 10 points from serves including two aces. Katie Dodd had six blocks. The Lady Cats fell to 1-10 for the year.

"For a team, with our record to play this hard against a very good team like Pine Tree really shows me something about these young ladies," Curtis said. "They are very special and I am going to miss the seniors next year."

In the first game, the contest was a see-saw affair.After 19 points were played, the hometown Lady Cats could only manage a one point lead at 10-9.

The score was tied on five other occasions as the teams traded points. Rachel McJimsey had key serve for the visitors while Sulphur Springs got points from a nifty Krista McMahan shot and a Mackenzie Cross kill at the net.

With the score tied at 14-all, the Lady Pirates, behind the serving of Tatum Guyer, got hot and ripped off five straight points. Key kills in that stretch came from the athletic net play of Xzache Mathis. The Lady Cats found themselves down 19-14 and called a time out to regroup. But the Pine Tree team kept a slight lead. Kill shots by McMahan and Brittani Crawford kept Sulphur Springs close. But the Lady Pirates won the opening game by a 25-20 score.

The second game was the best chance on the night the Lady Cats had for a win. Twice they were up by five points, only to see the Lady Pirates take advantage of missed serves or unforced errors and climb back into the game. Sulphur Springs was ahead 17-11, then Pine Tree got five straight service points from Kerris Willett to make it a 17-16 game. The game was tied at 19-all, but Pine Tree closed out the set strong with four kills as they put together a 6-2 scoring burst to take the win 25-21.

The third game was more of the same with Sulphur Springs hanging close for a while, only to see the Lady Pirates seize momentum from Lady Cats miscues to bolster enough points to win by a 25-16 final.

In the junior varsity contest, Sulphur Springs lost 26-28,19-25.

The Sulphur Springs freshmen ran their second record to 19-4, 9-1 in district with 24-11, 25-15 victories.

All three teams will be in action Friday when they host Mount Pleasant. The varsity game will be played first and seniors will be honored in a ceremony at 4:20 p.m. The game will follow at 4:30 p.m. then the JV and freshmen in reverse order due to the football game slated for 7:30 p.m., also against Mount Pleasant.

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