The Lady Trojans won one of the four matches (7th B), but two of the other best of three matches were pushed to three sets before the Coyotes emerged with victories.
The eighth-grade A team took the visiting Lady Coyotes to three sets, all were close. The scores of the three sets were 24-26, 25-20 and 22-25 with Alice earning a 2-1 victory.
“This was a great match for our team. We were able to execute all the little things we had been struggling on all year. Although we were unable to pull out with an overall victory, the ladies proved how hard they could play and left everything they had on the court,” said MMS coach Ophelia De Los Santos.
“Lynnzey Garcia has been our only setter throughout the season and has done a great job of keeping the team on track. Priscilla Koenig has really stepped up to become one of the main leaders of the team. She is an aggressive athlete who isn’t afraid to attack the ball. Marissa Rodriguez has been an outstanding defensive player for us,” said De Los Santos.
“I am really proud of the team. They have progressed and have grown into their own.”
The eighth-grade B team also lost in three sets. Alice won the first set, 25-14, but the Beeville girls fought back and captured set two, 25-12. The deciding set went to the Alice girls, 25-16.
Marcella Martinez had 17 points off her serve and Andrea Briseno finished the three sets with nine points off her service game.
“The girls showed improvement with their aggressiveness and communication,” said MMS coach Sonia Cano.
The seventh-grade A team lost in two but showed coach Nidia Barrera some vast improvement.
“The Lady Trojans played an outstanding game. The score does not reflect the amount of improvement they showed tonight,” Barrera said.
“The girls hustled and worked hard together as a team. They made it very difficult match for Alice.”
The Lady Coyotes won with scores of 25-13 and 25-11.
The seventh-grade B team came out on top in their two-set sweep over the visitors. The scores were 25-22 and 25-18 over the Lady Coyotes.
Juliana Hathaway had 10 serves soar over the net and Alex Salinas hit six more for the Lady Trojans in the win.
“The girls worked hard. I am happy with the progress I am seeing each game,” said MMS coach Amber Orchard.
The MMS Lady Trojans will be at home again on Monday evening. The Tuloso-Midway girls will make the trip to Beeville to play the young Lady Trojans.
The first serve is set for 5 p.m. in both gymnasiums at Moreno Middle School.