Scores were 25-22, 25-16 and 25-21.
All the sets were competitive and could have gone either way, but the visiting Lady Cats were determined to keep their playoff picture as rosy as possible.
“We knew we had our backs against the wall with regard to the playoff picture, so the match was very important,” said head coach Tim Stowe.
The Lady Cats started slowly in the first set and were down 13-19 before sprinting the rest of the way for the win. In the second set, the local girls dug themselves an even deeper hole. With early service and return errors, the Lady Cats trailed 6-10.
“Amy Berthold got us going by serving for the next seven points after a side out by San Diego. We led 14-10 at that point and never looked back,” Stowe said.
The Lady Cats got the 25-16 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five set match. The come-from-behind mode worked again in the third set. The Lady Cats fell behind early, 3-11, and had to fight to get back into the set.
“The serving of Dolores Jimenez and Charli Perron got us back in the set and helped us tie things up at 21-21,” Stowe said.
The S-T girls broke the Vaqueros’ serve to move in front 22-21 and reserve Naomi Garza came on the court to serve the final three points of the match to get the win at 25-21.
“Overall, there are a whole lot of things we need to continue to work on and get better at. We can’t get complacent with our victory; we need to stay hungry and work hard to get better,” Stowe said.
The Lady Cats were in Freer on Friday night and will travel to Mathis on Tuesday evening to meet the Lady Pirates.
The win improves the Lady Cats’ record to 8-13 on the year, and they are 2-4 in district play.