Thursday the Lady Cats will have pool play matches in a Tyler tournament. They will play Tyler Lee, Tatum and Beckville, the #1 ranked team in Class 3A. Coach Maness said it is a tough pool but he repeated that he designed a tougher schedule this season for the Lady Cats. He said it is important to know why. Coach Maness said the Lady Cats must learn lessons from losses to tough teams or it won’t do them any good.
Lady Cats Volleyball Coach Justin Maness said he wasn’t pleased overall with the Lady Cats, 3-0 loss at Forney Tuesday night. He did think the Lady Cats played well in a 25-20 loss in the first set.
In the second set, the Lady Cats jumped out to a 3-0 lead on three service aces from Lexie Whisenhunt. Forney then answered with six straight points of their own. Coach Maness said it was that kind of night for the Lady Cats. They had some runs but then gave up too many points in return to Forney. Coach Maness said the Lady Cats’ passing wasn’t there and he said the team made some silly errors that they should not have made. He said he feels Forney is a team the Lady Cats can beat but he said the Lady Cats just did not have their best night at all. Coach Maness said Forney is a team that makes few mistakes, which is why he says it is important to play them aggressively instead of playing it safe.
Coach Maness said Autumn Tanton played very consistently. He also liked the serving and more aggressive play from Erika VanBenthem. Statistically against Forney, Tanton had a team high 10 kills. Kaylee Jefferson had 6, Madi Vickery and Mieke VanBenthem had 3 apiece and Erika VenBenthem added 2. Whisenhunt had 21 assists. Anden Hammack and Jefferson both had 10 digs. Maggie McGlamery and Whidenhunt had 7 digs apiece. Tanton, Abbi Baier and Vickery had 1 block solo. Vickery had 3 block assists. Tanton , Jefferson and Mieke VanBenthem had 2 block assists and Baier had 1.
The Lady Cats enter the Tyler tournament with a 10-6 record.