The Lady Cats volleyball team were originally slated to begin day two of the Garland tournament at 8 A.M. versus Ranchview, but they pulled out of the tournament due to the coronavirus.
With that, Coach Bailey Dorner and her Lady Cats were given the automatic win in the tournament held at Sachse High School, allowing her team to move on to the next round where they would be facing Tatum on court two at 10:30 A.M.
Set one started a theme that would last throughout the entire duration of the best of three match; a back-and-forth affair.
The first set between Sulphur Springs and Tatum tied eight separate times; 1-1, 2-2, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10, 11-11, 12-12 and 13-13, before the Lady Eagles would score 12 of the next 19 points en route to a 25-20 set one win.
Set two started out with the Lady Cats firing on all cylinders, reeling off six straight heading 6-0 in to a Tatum time-out.
The Lady Eagles eventually found their footing, able to pull in close to Sulphur Springs, but never within three points as the Lady Cats capitalized on their strong start in a 25-16 set two win to tie the match up at one set a piece.
In the deciding set three, neither team wanted to give up an inch.
The Lady Cats started out hot like in set two, scoring three straight points at the onset of set three, but then the Lady Eagles turned up the heat as they scored six of the next eight points to lead Sulphur Springs 6-5.
Coach Dorner’s Lady Cats were able to retake the lead at 10-7, but the next phase of the game was akin to the Maginot line.
Tatum and Sulphur Springs traded blows back and forth, tying set three at 10-10, 11-11 and 12-12, before Tatum took control of the game from there.
Even though the Lady Cats showed a tough fighting spirit, never relenting, it was not enough Saturday morning as the Lady Eagles took set three 25-18 and the match against Sulphur Springs. The two teams tied five times in set three.
With the loss, Coach Dorner and her Lady Cats were eliminated from the Garland Tournament after going 2-1 on Friday and 1-1 on Saturday, Aug. 14.
Lady Cats volleyball’s season record now stands at 4-3 after the tournament. Next up, Coach Dorner’s squad will be traveling out to Greenville on Tuesday, Aug. 17 when they take on the Lady Lions.
JV will get things going at 4:30 P.M. followed with the varsity, who are scheduled to serve the first ball at 5:30 P.M.