The defending district champion Lady Cats’ volleyball team proved to be much too much for a scrappy Cumby team in the Lady Cats’ scrimmage opener at the main Sulphur Springs Middle School Gym Monday morning (August 6). Lady Cats Coach Justin Maness played all eleven current members of the varsity and it seemed that everyone played well.
Senior Autumn Tanton delivered numerous kills and also served well. Returners Madison Vickery and Lexi Whisenhunt both had strong games at the net. Exciting newcomer Sadie Washburn, a sophomore, showed a big potential upside with several kills. Her older sister, Sydney Washburn also had some good moments at the net. Libero Sadie Stroud was solid and had nine straight points off of her serve early in the scrimmage.
Varsity newcomer Maddie Millsap brought out some left handed curving serves that were very hard for the Lady Trojans to return. Newcomer Taylor McElfresh also served some aces. New varsity player Kate Womack also had some good moments serving and finishing. Last year’s district Newcomer of the Year, Erika VanBenthem was unable to play due to an injured ankle.
Coach Maness said the Lady Cats probably had the best first scrimmage he has seen here. He said he was impressed with the Lady Cats passing and serving. Coach Maness said he was excited to see what the season brings. He referred to Sadie Washburn as a high flyer who worked hard on the outside position this summer. Coach Maness said he expects she will get better and better as the season progresses. The Lady Cats also scrimmaged Commerce Monday afternoon.
The Lady Cats open the regular season Tuesday at Sherman. They will face the host Lady Bearcats at 4 p.m. and will take on North Lamar at 5:30 p.m. in the tri-match. The teams will play best three out of five matches.