Seguin volleyball shakes off slow start, sweeps Marble Falls
(Seguin) - Seguin survived a sluggish first set in Tuesday's district volleyball match against Marble Falls to open the second round of the 26-5A schedule with a 3-0 sweep of the Mustangs at Goldie Harris Gym.
The Matadors fell behind 20-12 in the opening game, but closed with a 17-5 run to win 27-25. Seguin oultasted the visitors 25-21 in the second set, and dominated the third 25-15 to seal the match.
Abby Cheek sent 13 kills over the net and Presley Carter added eight to lead the Mats offensively. Megan Wilke set for 29 assists and delivered three aces.
Kaylie Koenen's 20 digs paced the defensive effort, with Wilke totaling 14, Presley Engelke 12, and Leandra Priestly 11. Desiray Rodriguez was a disruptive force at the net with four solo blocks and one block assist.
While Seguin head coach Kristi Stanley was please to put another notch in the win column, she acknowledged that the Mats can't make a habbit of slow starts against better competition in the coming weeks.
"It's something that we talk about every week, it's something that in every interview I continue to say - we've got to minimize our errors, and by the third set we did," Stanley said. "But in sets one and two, the majority of their points were scored based on our errors, and that's just something we've got to do a better job of. Against great teams, you will not win giving up 20 points."
With a 6-2 district record, Seguin is tied for second place with Boerne-Champion, who lost to Kerrville-Tivy 3-1 on Friday, in the 26-5A standings.
The Matadors, 22-12 overall, can move into sole possession of second if they avenge an earlier loss to Champion with a road win over the Chargers on Friday. Stanley maps out the keys to accomplishing that goal.
"Just fine-tuning little things, and I think it's more mental than anything," the coach said. "We've got to have the confidence to get up and know we're going to put the ball away instead of being afraid that we might make an error."
Seguin's match at Boerne-Champion starts at 6 p.m. on Friday.
No. 5 Navarro drops road match to Devine, set to face No. 3 La Vernia
(Devine) - The Navarro High School volleyball team, ranked No. 5 in this weeks TGCA 4A state poll, had a nine-match winning streak snapped Tuesday night in a 3-2 non-district road loss to Devine.
The Panthers (30-4) won the first two sets 25-20 and 25-16, but dropped the third and fourth by identical 25-22 finals and came up short 15-8 in the fifth and deciding game.
The loss followed a 3-0 sweep of Eastside Memorial last Friday that moved Navarro to 3-0 in District 27-4A.
Peyton Roach led the Panthers with nine kills and four digs against Eastide Memorial. Hailey Weidenfeller added seven kills, Kyndall Andrews set for 15 assists and sent six aces over the net, Bailey Wozniak contributed nine assists and five aces, and Allie Benner recorded the team's only block.
Navarro resumes district play Friday with a road clash against the states No. 3 ranked 4A team, La Vernia, at 6 p.m.
Marion drops second straight match at home
(Marion) - Marion opened the second round of the District 27-3A volleyball schedule with a 3-1 loss to Stockdale, the Bulldogs second straight defeat on their home floor.
The visiting Brahmas won the first two sets 25-23, 25-15, and Marion fought back to avoid the sweep with a 25-17 win in game three. Stockdale ended the match with a 25-17 win in the fourth set.
Kyleigh Mulanax led Marion at the net with 10 kills and five blocks. Brianna Randle finished with eight kills and a team-high 14 digs. Madelyn Abrameit distributed 17 assists. Randle, Mulanax, Elizabeth Abrameit, and Eva Ashley each served for two aces.
Marion is 6-2 in district play, 13-12 overall. The Bulldogs look to bounce back this Friday with a 4:30 p.m. road match in Hallettsville.