The S-T freshman squad played well against some older competition and won four of six sets in the daylong tourney.
The JV girls opened with a pool play sweep of Banquete, 15-8 and 15-7. Briana Muñoz was the main cog in the Lady Cat offense with 13 total points in the two sets. Erica Abrigo followed with seven points to help defeat the Lady Bulldogs.
The second match had the Lady Cats facing the Nordheim Lady Pirates. The sets went to 25 points with the Lady Cats dominating the Nordheim ladies 25-12 in the first set. The second set was closer but the S-T girls prevailed with a 25-20 victory to down the Lady Pirates.
Samantha Minter led the way with 13 points and Brandi Borrego added another 10 points to the Lady Cat cause. Both Muñoz and Kamy Kimball earned eight points apiece on their serves to help the S-T girls to the win in straight sets.
The finals had the Lady Cats meeting Victoria’s Christian Academy. The sets were much closer but the S-T girls took two straight from Victoria by the identical scores of 25-19.
Abrigo hit for 13 points in the match and got a lot of help from Minter (9), Muñoz (8), Borrego (8) and Sara Rix (7).
Muñoz and Minter both were honored at tourney’s end with selection to the all-tourney team for their play on Saturday.
“Our serving was our strong point,” said JV coach Erasmo Huerta.
The S-T freshman girls also competed at the tournament with good results. The young Lady Cats split with Runge, 11-15 and 17-15. Khelsi Corrigan finished the match with seven points off her serve while Emily Salinas had for eight winners.
The second match had the local ladies meeting Banquete. The first set went to the Lady Bulldogs 15-8 but the S-T team played better in set two and won 15-13.
Corrigan had seven points in the second match while Salinas added five markers. Stephanie Gonzales-Nunez helped out with four points.
It was a rematch with Banquete in the Lady Cats’ final competition of the tourney. Skidmore-Tynan proved to be too much as the Lady Cats sent the ‘Dogs away with two straight losses, 25-20 and 25-7.
Corrigan stepped up with 14 points in the win. Amber Hughlett followed with 11 and Gonzales-Nunez got 10 points to help the S-T freshman to the win.
“The freshmen started out slow but improved their play every game. It was a great match against Banquete the second time around,” Huerta said.
District play began on Tuesday night with the Lady Cats traveling to Refugio. Friday’s contest was a home date with Three Rivers. Play began at 5 p.m.