Instead of having an open date last Friday, the Lady Cats’ volleyball team ended up playing Pleasant Grove. It was all a part of Lady Cats Volleyball Coach Justin Maness getting his team ready for district play, which begins this week. The Lady Cats defeated Pleasant Grove, 3-1 in a tough, hard fought match.
Coach Maness says he knew Pleasant Grove is a good defensive team and he wanted to see how the Lady Cats’ offense would fare against the Lady Hawks’ defense. Coach Maness has also created a tougher schedule this year to help get the Lady Cats ready for district play. Coach Maness says he was glad to see a couple of Lady Cats step up against Pleasant Grove. He says Erika VanBenthem had some big kills in set four and he adds Lexie Whisenhunt had a big kill to end the match. Coach Maness says Kaylee Jefferson was hitting the ball on kills with a lot of aggression and power.
He says the Lady Cats will need to be aggressive against Texas High in the district opener Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Texarkana. Coach Maness says he feels pretty good about where the Lady Cats are right now with district play beginning. He says the team still has some room to grow during district games. The Lady Cats also play last year’s district champ, Hallsville, this week. Game time in Wildcats Gym has been changed to 4 p.m. Friday to assure everyone can get to Homecoming activities before Friday night’s 7:30 p.m. football game. Five Lady Cats are included in the sixteen girls selected for this year’s Homecoming Court.