The younger girls had trouble getting started in their first game of their best of three match with the young, taller Lady Bulldogs.
The Beeville girls held an early 4-3 lead but Yoakum ran away with things from there for an easy 25-9 win in game one.
Game two was a different story as the Lady Trojans worked for every ball and every point. Beeville jumped out to an early 7-1 lead off the serve of Eddika Ortega. The next six points were Yoakum’s to tie the game at 7-7 .
The match was again tied at 9-9 before the Lady Bulldogs exerted their strength and stretched their lead to a 24-17 margin late in the contest.
The Lady Trojans were not finished though and made things more than interesting for the visitors as a side-out made it 24-18. Off the serve of Olivia Ramon, the Lady Trojans scored the next four points to pull within two at 24-22. That was a close as the Beeville girls got though as the next serve sailed just over the end line to give the Lady Bulldogs a 25-22 win and the match at 2-0.
“The girls are working very hard and we’re trying them in a lot of different positions from what they’re used to,” said freshman coach Amanda Escobedo.
“They’re working through the transition from junior high volleyball into high school competition and it takes some time.”
The junior varsity match went all three games before a winner could be decided.
The JV Lady Trojans controlled game one with a strong service game and a scrambling defense.
Lindsey Roberson, Celeste Contreras, Samantha Moya and Briana Jackson had strong scoring runs while serving for the Lady Trojans in game one.Roberson and Jackson each recorded a couple of aces in the match to help the Beeville girls to a 25-10 victory and a 1-0 lead in the match.
Game two was a game of streaks. The Lady Trojans jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead over the visitors with Tori Munoz serving for several points in the run.
Yoakum did not concede the contest and worked hard to get back into the match. It was all tied at 16-16 late. The Lady Bulldogs fought through the early deficit and outscored the Beeville girls 9-5 down the stretch to earn a 25-21 win to even the match at 1-1.
Game three saw the Beeville ladies get out to a 5-2 lead early but Yoakum came back and made it close. The Lady Bulldogs looked to be on their way to a win, leading late 21-14. A tip at the net by Bethany San Miguel got the Lady Trojans going at 21-15 and the service game of Munoz came up strong again for a three-point run that made it closer at 21-18.
The Beeville ladies went on to tie the game at 23 all. The teams traded points to 24-24 then the Lady Trojans had a Yoakum serve go long for the lead at 25-24. Jackson stepped to the service line and the return of her good serve sailed past the end line for the Beeville victory at 26-24 and a 2-1 win in the match.
“It was definitely our defense and our serving that were the keys tonight,” said JV coach Katina Walker.
“We’re not very tall so we have to get all the scraps, all the little ones to be effective.”
The JV and freshman girls are participating the Port Lavaca tournament this weekend.
Both teams and the varsity will be in Corpus Christi on Tuesday afternoon to play Ray. The freshman match will begin at 3 p.m. with the JV and varsity games to follow.