“We got up on them quick but let that third game get away from us; however, they came back and got it together in that fourth game,” said Lady Cat head coach Judy Whatley.
The S-T ladies played consistently through the first two games and had the Lady Owls on the ropes for a possible three-game sweep. The service game and a hustling defense were the keys in the first two tilts as the Lady Cats hit for several aces and would not let a ball drop to the floor.
Leading two games to zero, a little letdown had the Lady Cats on the wrong side of the scoreboard in game three. But, the S-T girls used it as a wake-up call and got things back on track in game four. Using the same formula that got them wins in the first two tilts, the Lady Cats powered their way to a game four victory to capture the match 3-1.
The win improves the S-T team’s district mark to 3-1 and 10-11 overall. Odem falls to 1-3 in District 31-2A play.
“Things are finally coming together. The girls are working hard and peaking at the right time,” said Whatley.
“They are starting to build character in that department which should helps us in the second round of district.”
The Lady Cats were led offensively by Rachel Mengers with 13 kills on the night. Devon Wilder followed with five as did Jennifer Pueblo. D’Anne Wilder added four kills to help the squad. Mengers served six aces while Kathy Mireles contributed three. The team had a total of 11 aces over the four games.
Pueblo led the defense with seven digs. Kathy Acosta came up with six and the rest of the team’s 25 digs were spread evenly among Mireles, the Wilders and Mengers.
D’Anne Wilder set up 13 hits for points and sister Devon accounted for 12 more assists.
The JV girls also sent their Lady Owl counterparts home with a loss. It took three games but the Lady Cats were victorious with scores of 19-25, 25-19 and 25-17.
The freshman team also won, in two straight, to complete the sweep of the Lady Owls. The youngest Lady Cats won by the scores of 25-10 and 25-17 for coach Adrian Peña.
The varsity Lady Cats were in Premont on Friday night. All three teams will be back in action on Tuesday evening with a home district meeting with the Bloomington Lady Bobcats.