(Round Rock) – The Seguin High School volleyball team logged plenty of court time and gained valuable experience last week with seven matches in three days at the Round Rock-Westwood Tournament.
The Matadors opened the event with two victories and a loss in three pool-play matches on Thursday. Seguin defeated Round Top-Carmine in two straight games (25-20, 25-16), and dispatched Austin-St. Dominic Savio in similar fashion (25-19, 25-18). The first tournament loss for coach Kristi Stanley’s club came at the hands of Austin-Lake Travis in a competitive 2-1 match (25-20, 25-27, 25-19). All tournament matches were played under the best-of-three format.
In the win over Round Top-Carmine, Sydney Riordan led the Matadors at the net with eight kills and two blocks. Riordan, Leslie Gonzalez, and Miranda Garcia each delivered three service aces, and Abby Cheek chipped in on the attack with six kills. Setters Garcia and Kaylie Koenen put up 10 and seven assists, respectively. Defensively, Gonzalez recorded a team-high 13 digs.
The victory over St. Dominic-Savio saw Riordan and Cassie Coyle lead a balanced attack with four kills apiece, while Garcia set for eight assists. Coyle, Garcia, and Koenen each served for one ace, and Gonzalez collected 10 digs. Riordan and Coyle each came up with one block.
In the loss to Lake Travis, Riordan and Haley Zies put away seven kills apiece, while Cheek and Mykaeli Franklin each added five. Koenen and Gonzalez distributed 13 and 11 assists, respectively, while Koenen and Riordan each sent two aces over the net. Gonzalez paced the Mats defensively with 24 digs, while teammates Koenen (12) and Riordan (10) also reached double figures in that department. Coyle finished with 2.5 blocks.
Friday, Seguin dropped two of three matches, falling in two straight games to both Waco Midway (25-15, 25-16) and the host school Westwood (25-15, 25-20), but defeating San Antonio-Roosevelt in three (25-15, 22-25, 25-16).
Franklin and Cheek produced three kills apiece in the loss to Waco Midway. Koenen set for six assists, and Garcia added three. Coyle served for two aces, Garcia came up with five digs, and Franklin and Riordan combined for the team’s only block.
The setback to Westwood saw Riordan lead the Seguin attack with seven kills, while Coyle and Cheek put away five apiece. Koenen put up 12 assists, and Garcia added eight. Riordan sent the Matadors’ only ace over the net. Gonzalez scooped up six digs, and Seguin didn’t record a block through the entire match.
Riordan sparked the Matadors’ victory over Roosevelt with a strong all-around performance, delivering 11 kills, three aces, and five digs. Franklin contributed up front with seven kills and 1.5 blocks, and Gonzalez fired a team-high five service aces. Koenen and Garcia both posted double digit assist totals, with 14 and 10, respectively. Gonzalez collected 19 digs, and Coyle added 10.
Saturday, Seguin closed the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Buda-Hays. After dropping the first game 25-16, the Matadors rebounded for a 25-21 win in game two. The Rebels took the third and deciding game 25-19.
Riordan totaled nine kills, three aces, and 1.5 blocks in the loss to Hays. Franklin added seven kills. Koenen set for 15 assists, and Garcia delivered 11. Gonzalez had another 19-dig performance, while Riordan and Coyle each came up with 10.
The 3-4 showing in the Westwood Tournament moved Seguin’s season record to 3-5 following last Tuesday’s season opening loss to Cibolo-Steele. The Matadors were back on the court Monday night in a road match at San Antonio-McCollum, but no final was available at press time. Seguin plays its home opener Wednesday evening at Goldie Harris Gym, hosting San Antonio-MacArthur at 6:30.