The No. 9 Cayuga volleyball team is headed into the regional quarterfinals, and got there in convincing fashion.

The Ladycats swept Wortham, 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-17), Thursday at Lee Gym in Mildred.

The win was made even more convincing because the Ladycats were admittedly not at the top of their game.

“I thought we seemed nervous at times,” CHS coach Stephen Drinkard said. “I felt like by the end of Game 3 we played more relaxed. (It was) one of those where you have to shake the rust off.”

Game 3 saw the only real challenge from the Wortham side.

Wortham led halfway into the game, holding a 10-8 advantage at one point, before Cayuga gained back control.

Up only 13-12, Cayuga’s Shawnta Knox turned two Molly Griffey sets into kills to push the lead to 15-12, and the Ladycats never looked back.

Cayuga ended the game — and the match — with a flourish, with two kills from Knox, a kill from senior Shelby Henry and two kills from sophomore Danielle Anderson to close it out.

Even with what appeared to be an easy win, Anderson said the team knows they’ve got to improve.

“We’re happy with the how we played, but we know we can do better,” said the middle blocker, who tallied eight kills, two blocks and six digs on the night.

Knox led the team with 12 kills and four aces, and also added six digs of her own.

Jessica Blair pitched in six kills while Henry had five in a very balanced Cayuga attack.

“I think that’s the advantage we have, we can have kills at three or four positions,” Drinkard said.

Molly Griffey added two kills to her team-high 27 assists on the night. She also added seven digs.

Cory McCulloch led the team with 13 digs, while Henry pitched in 12 and Ami Baker added four.

Cayuga will take on the winner of Saturday’s Bosqueville/Abbott match in the regional quarterfinals. The time, date and location are still to be determined.

GRAPELAND 3, West Hardin 0

The Grapeland volleyball team made quick work of its area round playoff game, sweep West Hardin, 3-0 (25-18, 25-9, 25-17).

The Sandiettes will next take on the winner of the Iola at an unknown time and place. Iola defeated Evadale 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-19).

No others information from this match was available.

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Sports editor Justin Rains can be reached via email at jrains@palestineherald.com

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