The two teams, caught in a second-place district tie going into the game, went back and forth until finally it came down to the fifth game. The decider.
Missed serves led to the Lady Badgers’ collapse in the fifth game. George West beat the girls 22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23 and 9-15.
“We have to want it more than the other team,” Junior hitter Lani Pitts said. “Servers got to get their serves over, diggers got to dig and hitters got to hit.”
Pitts had 15 kills and five blocks, and Senior Sarah Barkley logged in 14 kills, seven blocks and seven aces. Junior Kalli Ferguson contributed another 10 kills, two blocks, three digs and four aces. Juinor Khadeshia Hopkins chipped in eight kills, four blocks and two digs. Junior Aileen Lundquist had 30 assists, 15 digs and two aces. Sophomore Kayla Ramirez added another 24 digs, two kills and an ace, while Junior Jonie Reyes had 29 digs and a kill.
“Friday we lost a tough district match to a talented George West team. However, we did not play our best volleyball,” Coach Stephenie Johnson said. “We made too many mental mistakes that cost us in the end.”
The second round of district play began Tuesday against Cotulla, but because of deadlines, results will be in next week’s issue. The varsity girls face Three Rivers at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Three Rivers.
With a 5-2 record, the Lady Badgers dropped to third in district behind first place Poth and George West; overall they are 25-6.
“If we can continue to improve and cut out some of our unforced errors, I think we will be fine and are looking forward to a rematch with George West later this month,” Coach Johnson said.
The Lady Badgers will face the district’s two top teams in Karnes City in this second round and hope home-court advantage will help. They play Poth on Oct. 14 and George West on Oct. 25.
“We need to play like we know how and all the little things that need to be done, need to get done,” Lundquist said. “We need to go harder in practice and push one another to get better each and every day. We need to be excited for each other and be excited to play and leave everything on the court with no regrets.”
On Sept. 27, the varsity and JV teams traveled to Dilley and both teams won. The Varsity beat Dilley 25-14, 25-15 and 25-10, and JV split with a 25-4, 23-25 and 25-10 outcome.
In Varsity stats, Barkley had 13 kills, four blocks and six aces. Pitts recorded 13 kills and three blocks. Senior Korie Rodriguez had 17 assists, three kills, a block, 12 digs and two aces. Junior Courtney Pieprzyca tallied six kills, two blocks and a pair of aces. Ramirez chipped in 22 digs and two kills. Senior Maria Moncada had eight dig and two aces, and Junior Dora Bazan had 16 digs.