In a match where momentum turned on a dime, it was Crosby that made the most of its opportunities.
The Lady Cougars stole one on the road in district play, knocking off Goose Creek Memorial 25-18, 23-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-10.
Runs dominated the first set, with Crosby piecing together the most substantial offensive outburst. GCM came out intent on defending its home court and did a solid job early, taking a 9-03 lead. Taylor Kotlarz made her presence felt at the net with a couple of kills and a block.
Crosby fought back into the match and then took control behind the service game, notching a couple of aces to go with kills by Charde Vanzandt and Morgan Lewis. The Lady Cougars turned the 9-3 deficit into a 15-11 lead.
GCM caught its breath and got slowed down the Crosby attack. Jaidyn Coffman had an ace to go with kills by Kotlarz and Lauren Hoffeld. The serve-receive game did GCM no favors down the stretch however. Elizabeth Siemek took over serve with Crosby leading 20-18, notched a couple of aces and lead the Lady Cougars to a 25-18 win.
GCM answered back in the next set. Neither team could gain much of an advantage as each point seemed pivotal. GCM took an 18-17 lead and extended it to 22-18 on a kill by Hoffeld. Hoffeld added another point moments later on a heads-up play, finding a soft spot in the Crosby defense. The Lady Cougar fought back, puling within 24-23. Brooke Byer, who was a rock defensively for GCM, notched a kill to even the match at 1-1. The teams each won a set to force a fifth set. It would be Crosby’s night as it won 15-10 to gain an early-season advantage in the standings.
The Sterling volleyball team had a nice time in its District 21-6A match against Channelview, picking up a 25-15, 25-11, and 25-23 win. Jasmine Moore and Kayla Jones were the players of the match. Moore had 15 kills and eight digs and Jones had 22 digs. Bailee St. Romaine finished with 10 kills and seven digs and Kaitlyn Stork had nine kills.
Brooke Benoit had 22 assists and eight digs while Alex Lee had 13 assists and seven digs.
The Sterling JV won 25-13, 25-20. Catherine Sawyer was the player of the game. Haley Lupian was the player of the game for the freshman team in a 25-16, 25-17 win.
Texas City 3, Lee 0
Texas City swept Lee in district action Tuesday night, picking up a 25-7, 25-9, 25-12 win. Breana Velfing had six assists and Marisa Flores had 12 digs.