It wasn’t easy, but the Lady Trojans prevailed with a never-say-die attitude. The Coyotes captured set one of the best of five showdown, 25-16.
The second set was all Beeville, as the Lady Trojans powered their way to a relatively easy 25-14 win to even the match. The Beeville girls also won the third set, but it was much closer and the Lady Coyotes kept nipping at the Trojans’ heels. The final in set three was a 25-23 win for Beeville that gave them a 2-1 advantage.
The Alice girls had some momentum going into that fourth set and used it to carve out a 25-18 win to force a final race to 15 points to decide the match.
The home team jumped to an early 8-0 lead before coach Brittainie Zinsmeyer called a timeout to regroup in that final set.
A tip at the net went wide for the Coyotes to get the Lady Trojans on the scoreboard at 8-1. Beeville’s Celeste Contreras served for seven straight points to tie things up at 8-8 and shift the momentum of the contest.
Alice scored off the next three serves to regain the lead, but the Lady Trojans went on a 7-2 run the rest of the way to capture the win at 15-13. Victoria Elizalde sealed the win with one final kill for the JHS team’s 15th point in the final set.
Elizalde finished the night with 21 assists, nine kills and two service aces. Brennan Holder patrolled the net for 22 kills over the five sets with one ace and five defensive blocks. Emma Downing added seven kills and five blocks.
The win improved the Lady Trojan varsity record to 8-2 on the year.
The varsity girls are back in Alice this weekend for a tournament that concludes on Saturday.
On Tuesday, the Lady Trojans will travel to Yoakum to meet the Lady Bulldogs.
In the freshman match on Tuesday, the young Lady Coyotes won in two straight.
“We just could not get in sync from the beginning. We fought hard, but came up short at the end,” said coach Don Ledezma.
The JV Lady Trojans also fell to the home team in two straight sets. “The Lady Trojans started off strong and hard. We just could not finish at the end,” said JV coach Katina Walker.
“We missed crucial serves, which lost our momentum. We need to work on our mental game.”
The JV and freshman squads will be in Yoakum on Tuesday night with the varsity to tangle with the Lady Bulldogs. The district battles begin next Friday when the Lady Trojans travel to Tuloso-Midway to face the always tough Cherokees.