Scores of the sets were 25-17, 7-25, 25-19 and 25-21.
“We made a lot of mistakes. We played good and bad at times,” said Pettus head coach Erica Garza.
The Lady Eagles fell behind early in set one, trailing 7-2 at one point. Slowly the Pettus girls worked back into the set. The Lady Eagles outscored the visitors 6-3 over the next nine points to get back into the contest at 8-9. An ace by Madi Garza evened the score at 10-10.
A four-point run a little later off the serve of Chloe Garza put the Lady Eagles in front for good at 18-12. The Lady Eagles cruised in from there for a 25-17 win and a 1-0 lead in the best of five match.
Set two had the Ben Bolt girls finish strong. Ahead 11-7, the Lady Badgers shut out the Pettus girls the rest of the way. Every bounce, every deflection and a lot of good serves went the Ben Bolt way.
The momentum had definitely changed as the two teams entered set three all tied at 1-1. Pettus got off to a good start and took a 5-2 advantage in the early minutes of the set. The Lady Eagles never trailed and the last tie was at 7-7.
Good service games from Destiny Carrillo, Chloe Garza and Madi Garza had the Lady Eagles in front, 16-1. Savanah DelBosque also contributed with a few serves in helping the Lady Eagles post a 25-19 win in the set.
Ryan Grayson, Amanda Escandon and DelBosque controlled the net for the Lady Eagles to give them the 2-1 lead in sets.
Set four was the most competitive. Neither team controlled the momentum as the teams battled. Ben Bolt held its last lead at 18-17 and not more than two or three points ever separated the two teams.
Carrillo served an ace to tie the set at 18 all. The Lady Eagles gained a little breathing room at 24-20, but the Lady Badgers got one point back. However, the Lady Eagles captured the final set, 25-21.
“Madi (Garza), Ryan Grayson and Hannah Huskey all had some good hits at the net. Chloe (Garza) and Carrillo both served really well for us. Chole also was all over the floor, playing good defense and setting up her teammates,” Garza said.
The Lady Eagles hosted their own tournament over the weekend and met Taft on the Lady Hounds’ floor on Tuesday night. The Pettus girls will compete at the Sinton tournament that begins on Thursday and continues through Saturday.