The district’s top team, the Lady Pirates from Rockport-Fulton, was in Beeville on Tuesday night and captured a three-set victory over the Lady Trojans, but it wasn’t easy.
“We played Rockport tough. I don’t recall them having a lead of more than five points. We attacked the ball as well as we have all year and our blocking was very good,” said Lady Trojan head coach Larry Lollar.
“We had 31 total digs so that means that our back row was doing a good job of picking up their spikes.”
Both sets one and two were nail-biters. The R-F ladies captured set one 25-19 with a late surge. Set two was a carbon copy at 25-20. Both games were tied or the teams in front held no more than a point or two lead until the final push by the Pirates.
The 27-3 Lady Pirates jumped out to a good lead in set three, but the Beeville girls were led by the play up front from Randi Maupin, Carissa Elizade, Brennan Holder and the back line defense. Natalie Elder, Nissi Barrientes, J.J. Hernandez, Kat Villarreal all helped out on defense from the back line for the Lady Trojans. The local ladies pulled within a point or two at the end, but could not hold off the Lady Pirates over the last few points.
The final was a 25-19 win for the R-F girls and a 3-0 victory in the best of five match.
Maupin played well at the net with a team-high nine kills on offense and a season high of seven blocks for the match. Elizalde followed with five kills. Holder, Hernandez and Theresa Amador each contributed two kills. Holder also blocked two Lady Pirate hits at the net.
Setter Krista Gonzales was busy with 18 assists. Elder led the defense with seven digs. Barrientes added five digs and Hernandez also came up with five digs.
The loss leaves the Lady Trojans with a 1-6 record in district play and a 6-16 overall mark, but Lollar feels a few more wins are in store if the Lady Trojans play with the fire and intensity they showed on Tuesday night.
“The girls really got after it. We need to bring it like that the rest of the season,” Lollar said.
The Lady Trojans were off this Friday with a bye but will resume the district battles on Tuesday night with a trip to Corpus Christi to meet the Moody Lady Trojans.
Next Friday night, the Beeville girls will make a return trip to Corpus to tangle with the Miller Lady Bucs. Both matches are district contests.