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Peighton Williams, 10, and Mia Bookman of Goose Creek Memorial record a big block during a tough night at the net for the Lady Patriots as they fell 3-0 to visiting Santa Fe Tuesday night in District 22-5A action.

Santa Fe controls match up front in sweep

Santa Fe has been a volleyball power for the past few years, but heading into Tuesday night’s match with the Indians, host Goose Creek Memorial felt good about its chances in the District 22-5A clash.

However, Santa Fe (21-12, 3-1) flexed its still apparent pedigree by forcing No. 25 ranked GCM out of its normal ebb and flow as it pulled off the 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-18) sweep of the Lady Patriots.

GCM (28-10, 1-3) was led by Taylor Kotlarz (12 kills), Jaidyn Coffman (15 assists) and Elizabeth Easley (16 digs).

GCM was held to .180 hitting as the Santa Fe back row kept the Indians in system which allowed them to run a fast attack that kept the Lady Patriots a step behind much of the evening.

“Santa Fe is a good scrappy team with a lot of power across the net,” GCM head coach Casey Veen said. “I thought our hitters did well trying to stick to the game plan. The game was faster than we would have liked and we tried to slow it down at times, but other than that it helped us get our rhythm back from the two losses last week.”

Veen wanted her team to swing more aggressively on kill attempts, but sometimes the Lady Patriots missed opportunities to change it up and go for more variety on swings that offered better chances to score.

“I feel like we were taking more decisive attempts and were more intentional with our hits,” Veen said. “The hitting errors we were having were more within the game plan. I can’t complain even if I know we want to win.

“Maybe we were too off the net, out of position or the set was too low. I applaud the girls with making aggressive decisions, but sometimes we have to be smart on those decisions. We have to pick and choose: Read the block and defense and make the evaluation from there.”

Additionally, Santa Fe’s setters were able to make opportune decisions that isolated GCM blockers into low percentage 1-v-1 situations or forcing the second pair of hands at the net to be a little late before an attack.

“They were more in system and when that happens you have a three-hitter attack more often,” Veen said. “The Santa Fe setters did a good job of redirecting the ball to all three hitters to hit, when our goal is to keep then out of system. 

“Our blockers did the best that they could on the late attempts. Santa Fe ran a faster offense.”

Tuesday's scores

Sterling 3, North Shore 0

Sterling (15-10, 3-1) bounced back from Friday's loss to La Porte with a resounding 3-0 (25-14, 28-26, 25-19) win over hosts North Shore.

Brooke Benoit (16 assists, seven digs), Jasmine Moore (nine kills, four digs), Bailee St. Romain (seven kills, four digs), Kaitlyn Stork (nine kills, four blocks, three digs), Kayla Jones (15 digs) and Alex Lee (11 assists) led the Lady Rangers.

REL 3, Galena Park 0

Robert E. Lee ended a four-match losing streak and broke into the win column in District 22-5A play with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-9, 25-17) win over Galena Park in Baytown.

Naomi Hockless (nine kills, three blocks), Lalai Williams (four kills), Debahni Piedra (nine digs) and Marisa Flores (14 digs) led REL's (11-16, 1-3) efforts.

"What a fun night we had hosting our Middle Schools, Baytown Junior and Horace Mann who were wonderful guests and they packed the stands," REL head coach Mary Grosjean said. 
 
BCA 3, Orange Community Christian 0
Baytown Christian Academy rolled to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-13) in district play Tuesday night.
 
Sasha Donaie (seven kills, six aces, three blocks), Emily Gray (12 assists, five aces) and Carli Norris' play in the back row keyed the Lady Bulldogs win.
 
"Our serving was incredible this match," BCA head coach Robin Walker said. "We’ve been working really hard in practice to focus on our serves by keeping them aggressive but also consistent. We became more composed in our defense which made our hitters available to be more aggressive in their attacks." 
 
Anahuac 3, Kountze 0

The Lady Panthers won their first district match of the season with a 3-0 (25-6, 25-13, 25-16) win over Kountze.

Anahuac is now 12-18 this season.

Erin Willcox (14 kills) and Bella Hornsby (six kills) paced the Anahuac attack while Maci Bennett (16 assists) ran the offense. 

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