Lady Eagles show no let down in 2-0 weekend
It was a weekend of efficiency, lessons learned and later implemented for the Barbers Hill volleyball team.
The Lady Eagles rolled past Vidor 3-1 (25-9, 22-25, 25-15, 25-19) and Port Arthur Memorial 3-0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-8) on Friday and Saturday to move to 4-0 in District 21-5A play and 15-20 overall.
Despite the second set blip, the Lady Eagles were overall in control in the win against Vidor.
“We got really cocky in the second set and the girls got complacent and comfortable,” Barbers Hill head coach Kristin Goodman said. “We got out of that really quick and I saw some really good stuff. Vidor is a very scrappy team, I underestimated them.”
Trinity Hennigan hit .476 with 13 kills, 19 assists and 14 digs, Kelsi Wingo had eight kills, 20 assists, 11 digs and five aces, London King had 21 digs, Kylee Kejonen added four blocks and Sara Carlson had three blocks to lead Barbers Hill.
The Lady Eagles were pleased with their performance against PAM as they didn’t lower their level of execution despite being overwhelming favorites against the Titans.
“Whenever we have a team that is so strong like this and we play teams not at the level where we are at, we have to use these games to work on the things we aren’t as good at,” Wingo said. “We can work out our kinks and make ourselves even better. That’s why these games are more important than against teams that are really great. We worked on some new plays and serve receive and we improved today.
“I worked on my serving and my long shots – I hit a couple out – but I feel I got stronger there.”
Goodman was happy with her team’s efficiency in the PAM win.
“We were going to work on us and set the pace,” Goodman said. “We went really aggressive with our serves this week and I felt like we kept our level of play and didn’t drop down at all. Against Vidor they saw they can take no teams for granted.”
In the PAM win, Hennigan had seven kills and 14 assists, Wingo added five kills and 15 assists, Kejonen and Carlson each had five kills, Ashlyn Bishop had seven aces and King served up six aces.
Deer Park 3, Sterling 0
It was a rough night for Sterling as the host Rangers fell in three sets (25-12, 25-23, 25-7) to the prowess of the Deer Park Lady Deer.
Alex Lee (six assists, four digs), Jasmine Moore (four kills, four digs) and Kayla Jones (13 digs) led the way for the Lady Rangers (15-11, 3-2).
“We got off to a slow start in each set tonight forcing us to fight from behind each set,” Sterling High head coach Candace Southall said. “We struggled a bit getting our offensive game rolling. During the second set, we played our game and came up short. We didn’t emotionally recover from the long rallies in the final points of the second set after falling short and it showed in the third set.
“We played inconsistently and it wasn’t an accurate representation of our skill set.”
GCM 3, Galena Park 0
The No. 25 Lady Patriots bounced back from a home loss against Santa Fe on Tuesday with a strong 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-13) sweep at Galena Park on Friday.
GCM (28-10, 2-3) was led by Taylor Kotlarz (10 kills), Elizabeth Easley (nine kills), Kaitlyn Herrera (10 digs) and Zoe Martinez (18 assists).
“We had a good night as a team,” GCM head coach Casey Veen said. “We have been working on executing and finishing the set strong and it was apparent tonight.”
Galveston Ball 3, REL 2
The Lady Ganders battled back and forth all night before finally losing a narrow 3-2 (25-15, 19-25, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13) decision to Ball in Galveston.
REL (11-17, 1-4) were led by Naomi Hockless (18 kills, 14 blocks), Celeste Shaw (four kills, nine blocks), Marisa Flores (29 digs), Gabi Lara (25 digs), Lalai Williams (15 digs) and Titiana Brown (21 assists).
“Every set was a one of hustling defense, aggressive attacks, and fearless pursuit of the ball on the net,” REL head coach Mary Grosjean said. “Despite the end result, our stats speak for themselves on how well our girls played tonight. We are looking forward to a weekend of recovery and back to the grind next week.”
Anahuac 3, Kirbyville 1
It was a second straight win for the host Lady Panthers Friday night as they took down Kirbyville 3-1 (16-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-7).
Anahuac is now 2-3 in district play and 13-18 overall.
“I am very proud of the girls’ ability to adjust to a rough start and fight for the win,” AHS head coach Lauren Brandon said.
The Lady Panthers were le by Erin Willcox (10 kills) and Jamaya Kirkwood (eight kills) while Zoe Key had eight assists. Sydney Bertrand and Bree Anderson keys the Anahuac defense according to Brandon.