By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

PALESTINE – Last year, the Cayuga Lady Wildcats made it to the Regional Quarterfinals where they faced the Iola Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Wildcats lost unfortunately, but they hung with the eventual state runners-up before falling 22-25, 25-27 and 25-17.

Based on that success and with six returners from last year’s team, expect Cayuga to make a deep playoff run again this year.

Cayuga Magen Humphreys says the team’s strength will be in its ball control.

“We’re not going to overpower everyone. That is not necessarily our game plan. It’s more a read the defense style and but the ball where they are not,” she said.

As far as areas the coach feels the team needs to work on is gaining some experience for the younger players.

We have some young kids playing some very important roles. Time will tell. We’re going to have to get midway through the season before we’re really able to gauge that. We are new in several areas,” Humphreys said.

Cayuga will be in District 21-2A along with: the Grapeland Sandiettes; the Kerens Lady Bobcats; the Latexo Lady Tigers; the Cross Roads Lady Bobcats; the Neches Lady Tigers; the Oakwood Lady Panthers; and the Trinidad Lady Trojans.

Concerning the competitive balance of the district, the coach commented both Kerens and Cross Roads typically have strong volleyball programs “… but probably our biggest competition will be Neches. They will probably be our biggest competition and after that, it will be the other two. They are returning so many kids and they were strong last year.”

Players to watch for are: Hannah Bryant; Sami Winkle and Peyton Sanders.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.