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  Kemp edged in marathon match
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–In one of the most dramatic matches in recent memory, the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets fell just short Tuesday against the Wills Point Lady Tigers.
Although the match went down as a 3-1 victory for Wills Point, the fourth game of the contest was one fans on both sides of the gym will be talking about for quite some time – easily one of the best games this reporter has seen in 30 years of covering volleyball.
Wills Point won the first two games of the match, 25-19 and 25-16, but the Lady ’Jackets fought back to win the third game 25-19.
By the time the fourth game ended at 33-31, fans on both sides of the gym had been on their feet for more than 30 minutes and all of the players were clearly exhausted.
Wills Point improved to 1-1 in District 14-3A volleyball play, while the Lady ’Jackets fell to 0-2, but proved beyond a doubt they would be a factor in the district race.
Kemp was scheduled to host the Canton Lady Eagles Friday. Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Kemp girls will travel to Eustace to face the Lady Bulldogs, who beat Canton Tuesday to improve to 2-0 (see related story), opening with a 5 p.m. sub-varsity contest.
Next Friday, Oct. 10, the Lady ’Jackets travel to Van, opening with a 4:30 p.m. sub-varsity match.
When the fourth game was tied at 24, fans in the Kemp High School gym sensed they were going to see a down-to-the-wire finish, and boy, did they ever.
The Lady Yellowjackets took a one-point lead behind the serving of Amanda Lawrence, but the Lady ’Jackets were called for being in the net to tie the score again at 25.
Wills Point took a 26-25 lead when Kemp senior Meagan Lacy’s hit went long, but the Lady Tigers were called for lifting the ball to tie the score again at 26.
Lady Tiger Precious Spencer missed a spike, but the Lady ’Jackets next serve went long, and the game was again tied at 27.
Kemp’s Kimmie Gorka nailed a kill (one of 13 for her) to give the Lady ’Jackets another lead, but they missed a return on the next exchange to knot the score at 28.
Wills Point took a one-point lead when the Lady ’Jackets missed a tip, but Spencer hit long, and the score was again tied at 29.
Kemp took a lead when Wills Point’s Calli Zmolek missed a hit, but the next Lady ’Jacket serve went long, and it was 30-30.
Gorka’s next spike went long, but she came right back to nail another kill to tie the score again at 31.
Zmolek gave the Lady Tigers a lead with a tip over two Kemp blockers, and the next Wills Point volley was hit into the net, finally ending the contest.
After the match, Kemp coach Peggy Swierc was wiping away tears, but had a huge grin on her face – the girls had lost, but she had watched them play their best game in her two-season tenure.
“The kids played well tonight,” she said. “They showed lots of heart and lots of fight out on the court. They never quit.”
In addition to her 13 kills, Gorka had 18 digs, two serving aces and one block, while Lacy finished with eight kills, 20 digs, five blocks and two assists.
Lawrence finished with three aces, along with five kills, six digs, one block and 25 assists, while Sharda Bettis had one kill, six digs and one block.
Breanna Griffin finished with three kills, two aces, 10 digs and three blocks, while Shelby Wright had three kills and 15 digs and Amanda White had one ace and seven digs.

Eustace knocks off Canton
Monitor Staff Reports
CANTON–Eustace High School’s Lady Bulldogs took a 3-0 win over the hosting Canton Lady Eagles to remain unbeaten in District 14-3A volleyball play.
Now 21-7 on the season and 2-0 in district, the Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to stay on the road Friday with a match at Van.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, Eustace will host the Kemp Yellowjackets, who lost a memorable match against 1-1 Wills Point Tuesday (see related story), opening with a 4:30 p.m. freshman match.
Next Friday, Oct. 10, the Lady Bulldogs will go to Mineola, opening with a 5 p.m. sub-varsity contest.
At Canton Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs had close first and third games, winning 25-20, 25-13 and 25-23.
Serving proved to be a key element for Eustace, as the Lady Bulldogs recorded nine aces, three each by Cassie Freeman and Chelsea Truitt, two by Allison Cass and one from Kimberly Austin.
Freeman led the Eustace attack with 15 kills and 12 digs, while Truitt had 10 digs and Austin finished with one kill, one dig and seven assists.
Cass finished with 10 kills and seven digs, while Jenny McConathy also had 10 kills, four digs and one assist.
Nicole McNeel had a good setting match, notching 15 assists, two kills and six digs, while Veronica Maltos had four assists and two digs.
Jessica McConathy had a strong all-around match, notching three kills, 12 digs, one block and four assists, while Arin Rhodes had one kill and two assists.
Camille Rogers led the defensive effort with six blocks at the net, while Krysta Lowry added 12 digs and Jaqlynn Bless had two digs.
In sub-varsity action, the Lady Bulldog junior varsity improved to 2-0 in district play with a 25-12, 25-18 win, but the Eustace freshmen girls fell to 1-1 with a 25-19, 25-23 loss.

Lady ’Rabbits hop over Lady Panthers
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Lady Panthers fell to 2-3 in District 15-4A play Tuesday with a 3-1 loss to the Forney Lady Jackrabbits.
Now 9-17 on the season, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to host the Terrell Lady Tigers Friday.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Mabank girls will hit the road for the district second-round opener at Lancaster, with 5:30 p.m. sub-varsity matches kicking off the evening’s slate.
Next Friday, Oct. 10, the Lady Panthers stay on the road for a second-round contest against the eighth-ranked Red Oak Lady Hawks.
Against Forney Tuesday, the Lady Panthers were close, dropping the first game 26-24 and the second 25-19, before rebounding to win the third game 25-17.
In the fourth game, the Lady ’Rabbits took a 25-19 win to claim the match.
“This was a tough loss tonight. We were evenly matched with Forney,” veteran Mabank coach Stacy Shelton reported.
“Our inability to win big matches hurt us tonight,” she added. “We have to be able to beat teams we are evenly matched with. This has happened too many times this season.
“We have to win Friday against Terrell in order to be in the playoff hunt,” Shelton said.
Junior Alison Castle led the Lady Panthers with 13 kills, four blocks, six digs and one save, while Melody Cook had a strong game at the net with eight kills and four blocks.
Sophomore Torrie Garrett had five kills and four blocks, along with one dig, and Lauren Norwood finished with five kills and five blocks.
Senior Erica Umana had 24 assists to go along with four blocks and five digs, while Allyson Butler had one kill, one block, two digs and three assists.
Defensively, Lauren Hamilton finished with 11 digs and the team’s only serving ace, with Hayley Spurgeon adding nine digs and one assist, while Shaylee Willams had two digs.


Upcoming games


Oct. 10
MHS @ Red Oak*
KHS @ Van*
EHS @ Mineola*

Oct. 17
MHS vs Mesquite Poteet*
KHS @ Wills Point*
EHS vs Canton*

*district contest

Oct. 7
MHS @ Lancaster*

Oct. 10
MHS @ Red Oak*
KHS @ Van*
EHS @ Mineola*

Oct. 14
MHS vs West Mesquite*
KHS vs Mineola*
EHS @ Wills Point*

Oct. 17
MHS vs Mesquite Poteet*
KHS @ Wills Point*
EHS vs Canton*

*district contest
Cross Country

Oct. 11
MHS @ Jacksonville
KHS open
EHS @ Van



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