At the beginning of the day Saturday, September 19, the Lady Cats Volleyball Team had an 0-2 season record. By the end of Saturday, the Lady Cats were 2-2. They had a good Saturday.
They began in Pittsburg facing the Lady Pirates. The Lady Cats were hot from the start and soon led 19-7. The Lady Cats ended up winning the first set, 25-16. Sadie Washburn led the way with 7 kills in the first set. In the second set, both teams started by trading points. Pittsburg actually led 9-8 at one point. Then, Brooklyn Burnside began to lift her team. She had three quick kills and two solid blocks. By then the Lady Cats were up 17-10. Washburn had 4 kills late in the set and the Lady Cats took set two 25-12. In the third set, with Laney Hurst serving, the Lady Cats jumped out to a 5-0 lead. They led throughout the third set winning it and the match, 25-17. Bre’Asia Ivery had a good match making digs. Nylah Lindley also had some good moments at the net picking up kills.
Several hours later, in their home gym, the Lady Cats took on ancient rival – Paris. It was the home opener for the Lady Cats. The first set was a wild one.
Coming out of the gate, the Lady Cats were red hot and raced out to a 17-5 led. Paris staged a major comeback and were able to tie the match at 23-23. Down the stretch, the Lady Cats were able to overcome two set points and Paris evaded three. The fourth one got them and the Lady Cats escaped with a 30-28 win.
Paris got the quick start in set two going up 5-1. Soon, the Lady Cats tied the score, 6-6. In mid match, the Lady Cats were able to change a 12-10 lead into 17-10 and they held on to win set two, 25-17.
The two teams opened set three by trading points. At one point the set was tied at 15-15. A 6-point Lady Cat run increased the lead to 21-15 and the Lady cats were able to close out the set and the match, 25-20.
Lady Cats Coach Bailey Dorner said Washburn led the team in kills with 27, while Burnside had 8. Coach Dorner said she was real proud of her middle blockers as Burnside had 5 blocks and Lindley 4. Athletic libero Parris Picket had 15 digs. Lady Cats servers had 10 service aces.
Next week the Lady Cats have a series of matches before district play gears up the following week. On Tuesday, the Lady Cats host Commerce on Senior Night. Friday night the Lady Cats travel to Princeton. Next Saturday, the Lady Cats go to Wylie East to play the host school and Forney.
District play begins on September 29, as Mount Pleasant comes to the Main Gym at SSHS.