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September 27, 2013

GC Volleyball: Kerens knocks off state power Cayuga

Behel — BETHEL -- This win wasn’t just big, wasn’t just program changing, it was Taylor made …

    That’s how they feel at Kerens, where the Lady Cats pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Texas Friday, beating state-power Cayuga in four sets to remain unbeaten in District 14-A and to send a message to anyone voting in the state volleyball poll.

    Or maybe it wasn’t an upset at all.

    “Words can’t explain it,’’ Kerens coach Kristen Lynch said. “We have never beaten Cayuga. We have never even won one game against them. They always beat us in three. Their superintendent told our superintendent that they hadn’t lost a district game in over 70 games.

    “They have been to the state the last two years. It was a huge win for our program. They are a great team, but my team was just better (on Friday).’’

    Kerens (5-0 in District 14-1A) has been rolling all season and not only beat Cayuga, 25-20, 25-23, 14-25, 25-18, but had an inspirational performance from senior captain Taylor Ames, who has been ill all week with a stomach virus.

    “We didn’t think Taylor would be able to play and my senior captain Marqueshia Kelly said that playing without Taylor would be like the Miami Heat playing without LeBron James,’’ Lynch said. “We told the kids they had step up and we gave all of players names from the Miami heat team, and told them that all those Heat players are great players and that they needed to step up and be great players.”

    They did.

    Ames showed up at school about 11 in the morning saying she was going to try and play, and Kelly sent Lynch a text.

    “She sent me a text and it said, ‘LeBron just showed up.’ Taylor played and she performed really well. She had to take medicine that her mother brought to the match between the games.’’

    Kerens is 16-3 and 5-0, and the only unbeaten team in the district.

    Ames was 29 of 30 serving with three aces and she had 24 assists. Kelly was a force at the net with 11 kills and eight blocks and Breanna Baxter had another solid game at the net with 11 kills, nine blocks and eight digs. She also went 15 for 17 serving with two aces.

    The Lady Cats also had big night from Tinesha Tolliver, who went 8 for 10 serving with five blocks and six digs.  Kayla Kilcrease was 13 of 14 serving with two aces and 16 digs. Canree Betts was 10 of 12 serving with an ace a kill and three blocks and Emmanuella Armant went 9 of 9 serving with an ace, a kill and four blocks.

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