The first warm-up contest was against Aransas Pass last Friday night. The S-T girls swept through the Lady Panthers in three straight for the win. The scores of the sets were 25-21, 25-17 and 25-18 all in favor of the Lady Cats.
Rachel Mengers had seven digs and five kills over the three-set match. D’Anne Wilder hit for seven kills and had four digs. Celina Acosta came up with five digs and hit for four kills. Justine Thomas contributed with five kills and one dig in the win.
In Monday night’s match, the Kingsville Academy girls traveled to Skidmore and challenged the Lady Cats.
KA is a very good 1A team with height and experience. The match went all five games with the visitors edging the Lady Cats 3-2.
“I am very proud of our Lady Cats. We knew they were tough,” said Lady Cat head coach Judy Whatley.
“We want to do everything we can to prepare for the area match.”
The S-T girls won the first set, 25-20, but KS came back in the second set to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-22 victory.
Set three went to the S-T girls, 25-19, but set four was all Kingsville Academy as the Lady Knights jousted for an easy 25-4 win.
That win threw the momentum back to Kingsville’s side of the net and the visitors captured the final set race to 15 by just two points, 15-13, over the Skidmore ladies.
“It is always hard to lose a close match, but we found a few areas in which we really need to concentrate on to improve,” Whatley said.
Mengers led the way for the Lady Cats with 22 digs, three blocks and 21 kills over the five sets. Kathy Mireles played well defensively with 20 digs. Jennifer Pueblo came up with 12 digs and five kills. Wilder had 11 digs, seven kills and 17 assists. Brittany Garza added 13 assists, two digs and two aces. Celina Acosta finished the night with 18 digs, one ace, one block and four kills
The loss drops the S-T Lady Cats’ overall record to 23-8 and the loss to KA was the team’s first defeat in more than 12 matches.
The match with George West Lady Horns was held Thursday in Beeville.