Leesville head volleyball coach Georgia Thomas is tinkering with her lineup as the season has just started this week.

Leesville head volleyball coach Georgia Thomas is tinkering with her lineup as the season has just started this week.

And although that can be a risky thing to do, so far it hasn’t worked against her and the Lady Cats as they swept past the Byrd Yellow Jackets on Tuesday afternoon in straight sets, 25-23, 29-27, 25-15.

“One of the things I’m doing right now is testing all of my girls at different positions,” Thomas said. “We are still working some things out and trying to find the right mix.”

The Lady Cats, however, found themselves in quite a pickle in the first set on Tuesday as Byrd worked out to a 16-10 lead before a kill from Bre’Zhanna Eddington off a feed from Emily Moore.

Byrd (0-1) would get that point back on the ensuing serve, but the Lady Cats rattled off four straight points, with Moore collecting a kill off a pass from Brittany Passi, along with smacking back-to-back aces. Passi also added a block for a point, bring Leesville to within two, 17-15.

The Lady Jackets held onto their lead until an ace from Alizai Walker tied it up at 22-22.

The teams exchanged points, but Leesville finished it off with a block from Moore and an ace from Tyana Ellis to escape the first game with a 25-23 edge.

The second game appeared to be squarely in the hands of the Lady Cats as Passi and Eddington dominated play. Along the way, Leesville got kills from Ellis, Walker and Iris McNeely, building a 16-6 lead.

But back came Byrd. The Lady Jackets managed to trim the deficit to 20-17, only to see Leesville get back-to-back points from a Passi ace and block, taking a 22-17 advantage.

But Byrd continue to scrap, tying the game at 24-24 and eventually taking a one-point lead at both 26-25 and 27-26 with a chance to win.

However, the Lady Cats managed to tie it back up and finished off the game with an ace from Moore and a kill from Eddington, taking the second set, 29-27.

It was all Lady Cats in the third set, with McNeely pounding five kills in the game, with Ellis ending it with a kill of a feed from Moore to complete the sweep.

“We had a much cleaner effort tonight than we did against Caddo Magnet on Monday,” Thomas said. “But we did get out of sync in the second set with our communication. That improved in the third set and we managed to come away with a win.”

McNeely led the Lady Cats with nine kills, while Passi had 15 assists, four blocks and three aces. Moore was good for two blocks, three kills, three assists and six aces, with Ellis contributing five kills, two aces and an assist. Eddington added three kills and three aces, while Walker finished with four kills, four assists and three aces.

The Lady Cats improved to 3-0 on Thursday with a straight-set win over Airline on the road, 25-15, 25-15, 25-23.