For second year Lady Cats Volleyball Coach Bailey Dorner, nothing draws her ire more than when her team “relaxes.” To her, this is equated to losing focus during a match. She uses the word to explain lapses in good play by her Lady Cats.
Fortunately during a recent 9 match district winning streak, the Lady Cats have been able to get out of the relaxed mode in time to get wins. Coach Dorner used the “r” word again after Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory at Pine Tree.
Perhaps the first set just came too easily for the Lady Cats as they started off on fire and took set one, 25-8. Coach Dorner noted that sophomore Laney Hurst did a great job serving in that set. Hurst opened the set with 11 serves that led to an 11-0 start.
After that Coach Dorner said some of that relaxing took place in the next two sets and Pine Tree became much more competitive. She said the Lady Cats made a ton of errors. Thinking of two tough games next week, Coach Dorner said the Lady Cats need to bring their best to the gym each night.
However she said Tuesday, despite some relaxing during the last two sets, the Lady Cats still managed to win, 3-0 and she added that’s what matters. She said she did get to play more players and see some different lineups to help her determine her best future options. The Lady Cats won set two, 25-16 and set three, 25-22.
With her team now on a nine match winning streak in district, Coach Dorner said she would rather be playing someone Friday than have a schedule bye. She said that would gave her team another day of practice to get ready for their next match, a road game at Hallsville Tuesday night.
After that, the Lady Cats conclude district play at home on November 13 against athletic Longview. Coach Dorner said the Lady Cats are having fun and she said she hoped they can continue winning.