By DARIN ALLRED
Register Sports Editor
The Gainesville Lady Leopards played their best volleyball of the young season in game two against Pottsboro Friday, however the Lady Cardinals dominated the first and third games to take a 25-14, 28-26, 25-11 victory before a large crowd at the GHS gym.
Pottsboro, the No. 3 ranked team in the state in Class 2A, improved to 7-0 on the season, while Gainesville fell to 0-5.
After being dominated in the first game, the Lady Leopards battled back and actually were one point away from winning the second game before Pottsboro rallied for the win.
Gainesville raced out to a 4-1 lead in game two as Baylee Mims served three-straight points including an ace. The lead grew to 8-2 as Shanique Jackson record two consecutive aces. Pottsboro's Courtni Bauer kept her team in the game with three kills, but GHS kills by Skye-Lynn Ferch and Madyson Bond along with a block by Mims made it 13-9.
The Lady Leopards led 17-13 before Pottsboro's Ashley Thomas served three-straight points and Bauer added two kills at the net to make it 17-16. But Gainesville senior Sassy Thomas had back-to-back kills to extend the Lady Leopard lead to three (20-17).
Like good teams do, the Lady Cardinals came right back. Kills by Kalie Slate and Jessica Gilford, along with four-straight service points from Katie Wilson including two aces put Pottsboro ahead 23-21.
Two consecutive kills by Mims put Gainesville up 24-23 and one point away from the game. The teams then traded points with ties at 24, 25 and 26 before Pottsboro scored the last two points to take the game.
The momentum of that finish carried over into game three for the Lady Cardinals as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead with Wilson serving all 10 points.
Gainesville didn't get a sideout until Wilson had a service error. Taylor Murphy and Mims both had service aces for the Lady Leopards as they got within 11-5, but that would prove to be as close as they would get.
Good serving from Ashlyn Choate, Megan Whitfield and Bauer pushed Pottsboro's lead to 23-8 and they eventually closed out the match.
In the junior varsity match, Pottsboro defeated Gainesville 25-20, 25-20.
The GHS varsity continued play in the Collin County Spikefest Saturday. The Lady Leopards freshmen, JV and varsity teams will travel to Pilot Point Tuesday and will be back at home to face Aubrey Friday. Pottsboro, Pilot Point and Aubrey are all members of District 10-2A, which also includes Callisburg.
Notes: The Gainesville Leopards Booster Club hosted Meet the Leopards Night Friday at the gym. Fans were treated to free hot dogs and drinks and after the match, the entire volleyball team, football team, dance team, cheerleaders and band were introduced to the crowd.
By DARIN ALLRED