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Gregory-Portland girls prevail over Lady Trojans Wildcats sweep JV, fresh Beeville girls
by Bruce Harper
Oct 05, 2012 | 1195 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Lady Trojan middle blocker Emma Downing slams a hit over the top of a G-P defender during Friday’s match. Teammates Brianna Jackson and Amanda Gonzalez watch the action and are ready for a possible block.
Bruce Harper photo Lady Trojan middle blocker Emma Downing slams a hit over the top of a G-P defender during Friday’s match. Teammates Brianna Jackson and Amanda Gonzalez watch the action and are ready for a possible block.
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Lady Trojan Victoria Elizalde pounds a big hit past a Lady Wildcat in Friday night’s match with Gregory-Portland. The visiting G-P girls claimed a straight set victory.
Bruce Harper photo Lady Trojan Victoria Elizalde pounds a big hit past a Lady Wildcat in Friday night’s match with Gregory-Portland. The visiting G-P girls claimed a straight set victory.
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BEEVILLE ­— The Lady Wildcats from Gregory-Portland had a tougher match with the Lady Trojan varsity volleyball team than they probably first imagined. But, the G-P girls did come out on top 3-0 in the best of five district match.

Sets were full of emotion and hustle from both sides. Scores of the sets were 25-17, 25-22 and 25-16, all in favor of G-P.

“Tonight, we tried something different with our rotation. We are positive that it will help with our coverage and help with our lack of size,” said head coach Brittaninie Zinsmeyer.

The defensive alignment seemed to help, but the taller and better hitting visitors seemed to own the last few points in each set.

The Lady Trojans led early and late in set two. Beeville owned a 16-12 advantage, but the Lady Wildcats took control at the net with blocks and hard hits for kills to out-score the home team 12-6 over the final minutes of the set to capture the win at 25-22.

The Lady Trojans were down 2-0, and the G-P squad jumped out to an early 10-3 lead before the hosts got going in the third set. The final was 25-16, but the two teams battled fairly evenly down the stretch.

Emma Downing, Ciara Garcia, Brennan Holder and Victoria Elizalde hit well along the net for the Lady Trojans. Elizalde and Brinna Jackson led the team in sets for assists. Downing and Holder each came up with a couple of blocks over the three-set match.

Celeste Contreras, Holder, Amanda Gonzalez and Jackson helped out on defense along the back line and hustled at midcourt when needed.

“We played smoother, but it just did not fall in our laps the way we wanted,” said Zinsmeyer.

No stats were made available.

In the JV best of three match, the visitors swept the Beeville girls 25-14 and 25-11. The Lady Trojans struggled on defense.

“The Lady Wildcats took advantage of us not communicating and not moving our feet. We have to get to the point where we play more consistently,” said JV coach Katina Walker.

In the freshman match, the visitors got a battle from the young Lady Trojans, but the visitors captured the match 2-0 (25-18, 25-21). “We battled to the end and refused to go away,” said coach Don Ledezma.

“Our girls are trying hard and giving everything they have.”

The Lady Trojans hosted Tuloso-Midway on Tuesday night and will travel to Victoria on Friday night to meet the West Lady Warriors.
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