Round two of district play and the Goose Creek Memorial volleyball team hopes this one will be better than the first one.
Against Robert E. Lee Tuesday night, that goal got under way in strong fashion as the Lady Patriots (31-11, 4-4) rolled past REL 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-16).
GCM was led by Taylor Kotlarz (12 kills), Kaitlyn Herrera (15 digs) and Zoe Martinez (19 assists).
The Lady Ganders (11-20, 1-7) got top performances from Naomi Hockless (seven kills, seven blocks), Marisa Flores (23 digs) and Gabi Lara and Lalai Williams (12 digs apiece).
The win tied the Lady Patriots school record for win.
“It was a good game after practicing really hard yesterday,” GCM head coach Casey Veen said. “We were focusing on plays and communication and I think it was good for us to get second round of district off right.We still have a lot of volleyball to go. This is a good win for us to get back on our feet.”
GCM came into the contest following a competitive three-set defeat at Friendswood.
The Lady Patriots offense was humming behind Kotlarz and a myriad of hitting options against the REL smaller block.
“We did good in picking up the pace and running a quicker offense,” Martinez said. “We are clicking right there. We got the ball right back over because we have to execute against teams like that.”
REL’s style is to keep points alive until they can manufacture a point or the opposition cracks under pressure.
GCM didn’t allow either method to get any momentum.
“Obviously we do better than last year, but it’s still not enough,” Flores said. “You are going to get tired, but it is your mentality to keep going when you are getting pounded by the ball. It’s going to pay off.
“We are getting them out of system and for Lee we don’t get teams out of system. We don’t always get the point, but we get them working.”
REL head coach Mary Grosjean would agree.
“Every game my girls get better and we are still working,” Grosjean said. “I emphasize with my girls is wanting to compete. We stress wanting to play the ball and pursuit it.”
RSS 3, West Brook 0
Sterling moved to 17-11 overall and 5-2 in District 21-6A with an emphatic sweep (26-24, 25-10, 25-15) sweep of West Brook Tuesday night.
Jasmine Moore (13 kills, six digs), Brooke Benoit (20 assists, eight digs), Bailee St. Romain (eight kills), Kaitlyn Stork (six kills), and Kayla Jones (eight digs) paced the Lady Rangers in the win.
Barbers Hill 3, Dayton 0
Crosby 3, Galena Park 0
East Chambers made it a sweep of Anahuac in District 21-3A play with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-15) win Tuesday night.
"We struggled to execute the small things tonight like serve receive and taking advantage of in-system opportunities," AHS head coach Lauren Brandon said.
Jamaya Kirkwood (seven kills), Bree Anderson (seven assists) and Sydney Bertrand and Mallory Hendrix (eight digs apiece) led Anahuac (13-21, 2-6).