“The girls got off to a slow start and struggled on serve receive, particularly in the first set. Little errors on our part kept us down,” said Lady Trojan head coach Brittainie Zinsmeyer.
The first two sets were relatively easy for the Calallen girls, but the third set produced some of the best volleyball of the season for the Lady Trojans.
Set one was all Calallen. Two big runs put the Lady Trojans deep in a hole. The Ladycats ran off 10 straight points to capture a 12-2 lead. A second run of seven points put the game away, giving the visitors a 20-4 lead in the latter stages of the first set. The final was a 25-8 win for the Ladycats for a 1-0 lead in the best of five set match.
Set two was much the same scenario. The Ladycats hit everything tossed their way by the Lady Trojans. The visitors jumped to a 14-4 lead and just kept going. The final score in set two had the Calallen girls pulling away for a 25-9 victory and the 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set looked to be going the same way as Calallen came out fast, but then hit a speed bump along the way. The Ladycats led 9-4, but the Lady Trojans began to fight their way back into the fray. Beeville closed to within two, 9-7, and kept within three or four points the rest of the way. Every time the Lady Trojans would threaten by creeping within a point or two, the experienced ’Cats would get a big hit and a much-needed kill to keep in front.
Late in the contest, the Lady Trojans got within two points at 23-21 before a Calallen kill brought the score back to a comfortable three points. The Calallen girls closed out the third set to capture a 25-22 victory and a three-set sweep.
“I am extremely proud that the team was finally able to pull through and show their true talent in the last set,” Zinsmeyer said.
The Lady Trojans got kills from Ciara Garcia, Cheyenne DelBosque and Emma Downing. Alyssa Silva came up with two assists over the three games. Garcia also played well on defense with six digs while Mackenzie Harvey contributed three digs on the night.
Along the net, Margaret Downing blocked three of Calallen’s big hits. Emma Downing contributed two blocks. The hosts produced four aces on the night with Garcia, Margaret and Emma Downing and Eddika Ortega all getting one ace apiece.
“In looking at the stats, it was great to see more players contributing, but most of the positives were in the last set only. We need to start and finish that same way,” Zinsmeyer said.
“Consistency will definitely correlate with whatever success we have finishing off the rest of the season.”
The Lady Trojans played a non-district match with Goliad on Friday at home and will travel to meet the Cherokees at Tuloso-Midway on Tuesday evening.