The Lady Cats Volleyball Team had a disappointing finish at the fifth annual Edgewood Back-to-School Dig-Fest Volleyball Tournament Saturday (August 24). The Lady Cats won their first match Saturday but then lost their last two to end up fourth in the tournament. The Lady Cats were plagued with slow starts and also had problems finishing their opponent off at the end of their final two games Saturday. The Lady Cats opened Saturday in the Championship Bracket with a come from behind, 2-1 win over Grand Saline. The Lady Indians took set one, 25-19. The Lady Cats roared back to win the match taking set two 25-9 and set three 25-12. In a semifinal match against Neches, the Class A State Volleyball Champion last season, again the Lady Cats had a slow start and lost set one to the Lady Tigers, 25-13. Again the Lady Cats battled back to take set two, 27-25 and tie the match at one set apiece. Neches won the decisive third set, 25-22. The match was tied 22-22 but the Lady Tigers got the last three points to win the match and advance to the tournament final. Meanwhile the Lady Cats were matched up in a game for third place. Their opponent was host Edgewood. Again in this match, the Lady Cats got off to a slow start and Edgewood captured a 25-20 win in set one. Again the Lady Cats played much better in set two but lost down the stretch to the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Cats led 25-24 and were just a point away from evening the match but Edgewood won the last three points and the set, 27-25 and the match, 2-0. After the game, Edgewood Volleyball Coach Stacy Parker announced that Lady Cat Sadie Washburn had been selected to the All-Tournament Team. The award was richly deserved as Sadie had an unofficial 38 kills in the three games on Saturday alone. The Lady Cats are now 14-8 for the season. Next they play at Paris Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.
- Teresa Lemons
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