Lady Cats advance to Regional Tournament

Van Zandt County teams continued to grind their way through the volleyball playoffs last week with Grand Saline bowing out in the Area round, Wills Point falling short in the Regional Quarterfinal round and Fruitvale continuing their march to this year’s Regional Tournament in Fort Worth with wins in both the Area and Regional Quarterfinal rounds.  


The Fruitvale Lady Cats officially opened their playoff run Nov. 2, following a bi-district round bye with an Area round contest against Union Hill.

Fruitvale delivered a strong performance in their 2017 playoff debut, cruising to a 25-19, 25-10, 25-13 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Lulu Campbell finished the match with nine kills, six assists and two aces, Callie Harris finished with six kills and two aces, Abby Williams finished with 11 assists, four kills and two aces.

Coach Jerry Ptak stated, "Lauren Brown and Alex Mobley had a good night at the net, Ashyln Caffey, Madi Hunt, Kerstin Alaman did a great job on the back row. I want to thank everyone that came out, it was nice to see a good crowd there."

Fruitvale crossed another playoff hurdle Nov. 6, overcoming Sulphur Bluff in a five-set win: 25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 25-27, 15-6.

Ptak reflected, "Last night (Nov. 6) the Lady Cats qualified for the regional final four. It didn't come easy though. It was a tough five-set match against Sulphur Bluff. We are glad to come out with a win and the girls know we need to have a good week of practice before we head to Fort Worth for the Regional Semifinals Nov. 10. Thank you all that came out it was nice to have a good crowd."