Scores in the best of five straight-set win were 25-14, 25-20 and 25-17.
“We made a lot of mistakes. We are missing one of our starters and a lot of girls are playing in new positions, and we’ve installed a new back-row defensive scheme,” said head coach Judy Whatley.
Set one was all S-T as the local girls raced off to a 16-4 lead and coasted the rest of the way for the 25-14 win. One aspect of the Lady Cats’ game was up to midseason form as the serving of Brittany Garza, Kathy Acosta and Samantha Minter, along with others, helped the S-T girls dominate the Lady Hawks.
Set two was tighter and the Lady Hawks seemed to be gaining momentum. The visitors took a 13-8 lead before the Lady Cats began their charge to 25. The local ladies out scored Riviera 17-7 down the stretch to capture a 2-0 lead in the match.
With the second set tied at 18, Sara Rix served for three straight points to give the Lady Cats their first lead, 21-18, since a 4-3 start. Garza served for the final point to win the set, just as she did in set one.
The third set was close in the early moments. It was tied at 4-4 before the Lady Cats began to take control. It was 12-9 when Rix again stepped to the service line. Rix ran off nine straight points with the help of her teammates to put the set out of reach of the Lady Hawks at 21-9. The final was a 25-17 win with Acosta getting the final point on a kill.
Minter finished with six kills while Wilder added five. Acosta hit for four kills on the night. Wilder also contributed seven assists and Garza compiled three assists.
The Lady Cats played Orange Grove on Tuesday night and will be in Aransas Pass on Thursday evening.
In the JV contest, the young Lady Cats captured a 2-0 win in their best of three match with the Lady Hawks. The first set went S-T’s way 25-16 and the local girls completed the sweep with a 25-17 win in set two.
“We served well with Brittany Herrera and Naomi Garza really come through for us,” said coach Ophelia De Los Santos.
The freshman Lady Cats polished off the Beeville freshman squad, 25-14 and 25-11, in the first match of the night.