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MMS girls battle Gregory-Portland Ladycats
by Bruce Harper
Sep 15, 2012 | 1385 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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MMS seventh-grader Kaitlyn Pelitire sets herself for a big serve during Monday’s match with Gregory-Portland.
Bruce Harper photo MMS seventh-grader Kaitlyn Pelitire sets herself for a big serve during Monday’s match with Gregory-Portland.
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BEEVILLE – In their first match of the year, the Moreno Middle School Lady Trojan volleyball teams took on the visiting Gregory-Portland Lady Cats on Monday.

The Beeville girls won one of the four matches with the visiting G-P girls.

In the seventh-grade A match, the Lady Cats captured the best of three match in two straight sets. G-P won the first set 25-14 and then squeaked by the Lady Trojans in the second set 25-22.

“I am very proud of the seventh-grade A team. They really did a good job playing together despite their first game nerves and jitters from playing in front of a packed house,” said MMS coach Nidia Barrera.

Kayla Johns was the leading server, earning six points off of her serve. Kaitlyn Pelitire and Brandy Rios both helped earn two points each off of their serve. Several of the A team girls had key saves to keep the pressure on G-P.

“The girls are eager and ready to learn everything they can to improve their game,” Barrera said.

In the B match, the Lady Trojans came out on top in two straight sets.

“The team stuck together and worked hard to pull off a tough win. We have made a lot of progress in the short time we have had this season, and the girls made last nights game a lot of fun with their enthusiasm and school spirit,” said MMS coach Michelle Mertz.

Mariana Longoria stepped up as a leader during the game, encouraging the girls and also handling the pressure of serving well. She was able to earn the Lady Trojans several “ace” points with her serving last night, according to the coaches on Tuesday morning.

Other key players who were there to move their feet and break the serves of the G-P girls were Brianna Mata, Aryssa Longoria, Lauryn Botelo and Cynthia Cisneros.

“All of the girls on the team were amazing last night. I’m very proud of my girls, they worked hard, were determined to win, and represented our school well with their spirit, enthusiasm and sportsmanship,” Mertz said.

The eighth-grade A team lost in two sets 25-7 and 25-12. Michaela Chavarria served for three points for the Lady Trojans while Alyssa Silva and Makayla Martinez served for two points.

“The eighth-grade A team played well for only having four practices. We still have a lot to work on, though. I think these young ladies will be a competitive team this year,” said MMS coach Holly Vasquez.

“Eight B played a good first game against G-P on Monday, despite their loss. It gave us great insight as to what we need to work on,” said MMS coach Sonia Cano.

“I look forward to working with these girls.”

The scores were in G-P’s favor in two straight sets, 25-12 and 25-13.

The MMS girls travel to Flour Bluff next Monday to meet the Lady Hornets.
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