BCA volleyball earns welcomed sweep
It was nice for the Baytown Christian volleyball team to have a simple night on the court.
After two, five-set marathons and a four-setter in its first three matches, Baytown Christian finally got a bit of a respite when they played host to Galveston O’Connell Tuesday and came away with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-19) win to move to 2-2 on the season.
Josie McClellan (eight kills, four digs, two aces), Danaya Vrana (eight kills, five digs) and Emily Gray (17 assists, five aces) led the Bulldogs who played with no substitutes.
“It was a little nerve-wracking because I was missing a middle and a right side who are two pivotal players on this team,” BCA head coach Robin Walker said. “It was also cool because I was able to change things up and the girls were able to come out with a decent win. Half the battle was with ourselves and the girls pushed through that today.”
The Bulldogs suffered through the doldrums of taking big leads in the last two sets to only suddenly struggle passing and rallying which allowed O’Connell to gain confidence.
“We never want to let them come back and lose our momentum,” Walker said. “You have to always keep pushing.
“Sometimes we get too comfortable and I hate that. The killer instinct is there it is a matter of accessing that.”
The senior Vrana said she was impressed the girls were able to win the way they did with only six players.
“Playing five sets, you get a little tired,” she said.
“We all knew since we had no one on the bench, that it was just us and we couldn’t get down on ourselves.”
The Lady Bulldogs travel to Brazosport Christian 7 p.m. Friday.
GCM hot streak cools
Tarkington took advantage of home court advantage as they slowed down a hot Goose Creek Memorial squad in a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24) win over the 10th-ranked Lady Patriots.
GCM (25-6) was led by Taylor Kotlarz (15 kills, 10 digs), Elizabeth Easley (13 kills, 14 digs), Zoe Martinez (16 aces) and Kaitlyn Herrera (13 digs).
REL bounces back
The Robert E. Lee volleyball team ended a two-match skid with a resounding 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 27-25) home sweep of C.E. King.
“We got our mojo back,” REL head coach Mary Grosjean said. “Tonight, our Lady Ganders could not have played more as a team. The communication during rallies, our aggression on the net, and relentless pursuit of the ball defensively all contributed to our success.”
Naomi Hockless (18 kills, five blocks), Marisa Flores (22 digs), Miranda Mendoza (15 digs) and Nicole Price (14 assists) led REL (10-12) in the win.
They play host to Sterling 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Barbers Hill swept
The Lady Eagles fell to 12-17 with a three-set (25-11, 25-13, 25-15) defeat at Concordia Lutheran Tuesday night.
Crosby sweeps Nimitz
The 20th-ranked Cougars moved to 18-4 on the season with a 3-0 (25-7, 25-15, 25-15) over Nimitz.
Charde Vanzandt had 11 kills, Jenna Johnson added eight kills and Liz Siemek had 10 digs for Crosby.