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Ladycats open year with win
by Rudy Rivera
Aug 18, 2014 | 337 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gregory-Portland's Baylee Halliwell sets the ball up for Emily Mackay Tuesday night during the Ladycats' win over Sinton.
Gregory-Portland's Baylee Halliwell sets the ball up for Emily Mackay Tuesday night during the Ladycats' win over Sinton.
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Gregory-Portland Head Volleyball Coach Tim Chenette was very pleased with the output by his Ladycats on Tuesday night as they cruised past Sinton 25-22, 25-23, 17-25, 26-24 in their season opener.

“Our scrimmage on Saturday was horrible; tonight we were much better. We were in the net and didn’t beat ourselves,” said Chenette.

Game one saw Sinton take a quick 6-3 lead before a kill by Jessica Perez tied the game at 8-8. Madison McVay then served the Ladycats to a 17-13 lead, including an ace. Taylor Sutton added a tip for a point later in the game as G-P built a 21-17 edge, and later McVay added a kill as the Ladycats took a 23-19 lead on their way to winning game one 25-22.

The Ladycats fell behind 2-6 as game two started, but G-P cut the margin to 7-8 after Emily Mackay tipped one over the net. Sinton then extended their lead to 18-13, but the Ladycats would rally to tie the game at 20-20. Mackay later picked up a kill to tie the game at 23-23, and she picked up two straight service points as G-P went on to win 25-23.

Game three of the match went to Sinton 25-17 before the Ladycats captured game four 26-24. The fourth game saw 13 ties, including a tie at 24-24 after Courtney Richard came up with a block for a point. McVay then came in to finish up things by picking up the final two points from the service line for G-P.

“We were resilient today, had great rallies; this is a young group, and they are coming together with positive energy,” Chenette said.

McVay finished with 10 kills, six digs and five aces on the night, followed by Jessica Perez and Emily Mackay with five kills each. Taylor Bluemel added 10 assists and Baylee Halliwell had nine, Bridget Polasek finished with 10 digs, Courtney Richard added three aces while Mackay, Richard and Audrey Ritchie each had a block for the Ladycats.

The Ladycats will be at the CCISD Spikefest Tournament this weekend. They open Pool play on Friday at the old Ray High School Gym. G-P plays Laredo United South at 10:30 a.m., Mission at 12:30 p.m. and close pool play against host Ray at 1:30 p.m.
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