Gee it’s great to be back home. Paul Simon’s lyric would definitely apply to the Lady Cats Volleyball Team. After opening the regular season with 23 straight road matches, the Lady Cats finally got to play before the home crowd Tuesday (September 3). They defeated Wills Point, 3-0 by the score of 25-10, 25-14 and 25-12. Lady Cats Coach Bailey Dorner agreed that the Lady Cats played some of their best volleyball this season. Coach Dorner said everyone had a great game noting that they played as a team. Senior Sydney Washburn had an exceptional game. Coach Dorner said Sydney made great passes, was a force at the net and also had blocks and good serves. She said Sydney had to have a kill percentage of somewhere between 50% and 75%. Coach Dorner said the team’s good passing also resulted in solid sets by setter Peyton Hammack that led to hitters putting the ball away at the net. The game also marked the return of Erika VanBenthem, who has missed some time recently with a turned ankle. The Lady Cats next have a rematch against Edgewood on the road Friday at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Cats, 2-0 in an Edgewood tournament August 24. Coach Dorner said Edgewood provides good competition but he added if the Lady Cats play like they did against Wills Point, she expects the result to be different Friday. In a special promotion next Tuesday, the Lady Cats will offer free admission for all fans that bring can goods to the game. The cans will be donated to the local food bank.
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