Lady Cats Volleyball Coach Justin Maness said the bottom line Tuesday night was that the Lady Cats got out with a win at Pine Tree. He said he’d take a win on the road, especially at Pine Tree, any day. The Lady Cats outlasted Pine 3-2 winning a close set 5, 15-13. Coach Maness said the match was exciting but he added he knew it would be. He said he knew Pine Tree knew the stakes involved in the match. The Lady Cats came in 8-2 in district play with Pine Tree just one game back at 7-3. Coach Maness said he figured Pine Tree would be out to try and mess someone up. He said Pine Tree came out and played extremely well. Coach Maness called it a great match. Set five was incredible.
The Lady Cats jumped out to an 11-2 lead. Pine Tree rallied back to tie the set at 11-11. Coach Maness said Pine Tree had a rotation that they could get in that made them extremely tough. He said the Lady Cats seemed to get back on their heels waiting for Pine Tree to make mistakes and give away points. Coach Maness said the Lady Cats did not finish the match like he wanted them too. However Pine Tree did make a critical error with the score tied 13-13. A Lady Pirate serve went out of bounds and the Lady Cats went up 14-13. Then the Lady Cats got a kill that ended the dramatic match.
The Lady Cats have a bye Friday and then they host Mt. Pleasant next Tuesday on Senior Night. Coach Maness said the district match is important with the Lady Cats in a virtual tie with Texas High for first place. He said the Lady Cats must take the match seriously. If the Lady Cats and Texas High end up in a first place tie, there will be a playoff game to decide the top seed in the playoffs.