Not a good start to district play for the #24 ranked Lady Cats’ volleyball team as they dropped their district opener at Royse City Friday (September 21), 3-1.
The Lady Cats got off to a good start in set one and at one point led, 10-6. The Lady Bulldogs tied it at 12-12 and then dominated the rest of the set to take it 25-19. The second set, perhaps the key one, was one that got away from the Lady Cats. The Lady Cats played well through most of set two and had leads of 20-14 and 23-18. The Lady Bulldogs scored the last seven points in the set to come from behind and win, 25-23.
It looked like the Lady Bulldogs might swept the Lady Cats as they built a lead in set three. Trailing 22-15, the Lady Cats began to rally. Taylor McElfresh had 6 straight serves that led to Lady Cats points and they tied set three, 22-22. It was also tied at 23-23 but the Lady Cats scored the last two points of set three to take it, 25-23. The Lady Cats came close to forcing a fifth set. However they had to battle from behind again as they trailed in set four, 17-11. Eventually the Lady Cats forced a tie, 20-20. It was also tied at 21-21, 22-22 and 23-23. This time it was Royse City that scored the last two points of the set to take set four and the match, 25-23.
The Lady Cats are 0-1 in district play. Their season record is now 24-8. The Lady Cats face another challenge Tuesday night (September 25) on the road as they play Lindale, ranked #16 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Poll.