“We chose the wrong night to come out flat,” said Skidmore-Tynan head coach Judy Whatley.
The Lady ‘Horns prevailed in four sets in their best of five match for the area crown. Set one was all GW as the Lady Horns raced out to a 15-7 advantage through just three spots in the rotation. Kayla Wallek served for a string of five points in a row that put the GW girls in front 13-6 before giving up the serve.
The Lady ‘Horns expanded that lead to 12 points as they outscored the Lady Cats 11-5 down the stretch of the first set. The final score was a 25-13 win for GW.
The second set was much the same as the S_T girls were not in sync defensively and still making too many mistakes. George West led by nine at 15-6 again behind the serving of Wallek. She rolled to straight serves off the net and down for points in the rally that put the set out of reach for the Lady Cats. The final score in set two was a 25-15 win for the Lady ‘Horns.
Coach Whatley finally got the S-T girls to pick up their defensive efforts and start focusing on better hustle and better serves in set three.
GW got out to an early lead at 5-2 but the Lady Cats tied things up at 7-7 and the fight was on the rest of the way.
The teams traded points and the biggest lead the rest of the way was just three points. S-T took a three-point advantage late at 24-21. GW edged one point closer but Lady Cat Rachel Mengers served for the final point in the 25-22 victory that prolonged the match at 2-1.
“We adjusted our coverages and improved our serving in set three,” said Whatley.
Set four was tight the whole way. Neither team could muster a rally that would allow them to break away. A four-point margin was the best anyone could do and that occurred just twice in the final set.
GW trailed by one at 15-14 when Maggie Ham took to the service line. Ham and the Lady ‘Horns scored four straight points to edge in front 18-15 and they never trailed again.
A tip by Kayla Krietsch and a kill from Shawna Talley kept the Lady ‘Horns in front. It got close at the wire with GW owning a 24-22 lead. Jane Riser produced the final winner and the Lady ‘Horns advanced 3-1 with a 25-22 victory.
“It was a hard-fought match against a strong, athletic well-coached opponent,” said GW head coach Cathy Taylor.
Wallek finished the night with three aces, 29 assists and eight digs. The Lady ‘Horns served well, hitting at 90 percent for the match.
Krietsch led the team in both kills (14) and digs (19) to go along with two blocks. Riser added eight kills and 10 digs. Talley hit for seven kills. Ham came up with 17 digs and had a good night at the service line.
The S-T girls were led by Mengers, who hit for 10 kills and she came up with 11 digs and had three blocks at the net. Kathy Mireles had eight digs on defense. Kathy Acosta contributed seven digs and five kills.
Jennifer Pueblo came up with 16 digs. two kills, two aces and two blocks. Brittany Garza set up her teammates for six assists. D’Anne Wilder led the Lady Cats in assists with 13 on the night. Celina Acosta contributed with nine digs and five kills, plus one assist.
The area win puts the GW girls in the region quarterfinals. The match was set for Tuesday night in Sinton and the Lady ‘Horns met the Vanderbilt Industrial Lady Cobras.