In the crosstown battle, the Boling Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night at home defeated the Wharton Lady Tigers in three sets 25-19, 25-16, 25-9. The Lady Bulldogs powered by senior Tori Arrington cruised past the Lady Tigers.
"It's a very big game," Arrington said. "We were practicing so hard for this game and we won."
The win moves the Lady Bulldogs to 3-5 on the year and the Lady Tigers to 0-3.
Arrington was all over the court Tuesday night making digs, kills and even scoring points off serves. The Lady Bulldog senior led the team with 19 digs and 12 kills.
"Tori (Arrington) is my leader on the court," Boling Head Coach Ashleigh Burnside said. "She is everywhere and carries the team. She's an amazing kid."
Fellow senior Emily Gmitter led the team with four aces.
Wharton had a hard time stringing points together. Their best run came in the second set, trailing 9-4, they went on their own 9-4 run to tie the game at 13. Asijah Hammons was big during the run picking up two kills. The Lady Tigers stalled at 13 and Boling closed the second set on a 12-3 run.
"We're a little bit young and afraid to make a mistake," Wharton Head Coach Erica Garza said. "Don't be afraid, just go with it and that's what we're lacking. (We had) great spurts, going point for point and we're doing really good. Right when hit that “oh uh the game is fixing to finish” we started to fizzle out."
Boling in the final set controlled the game start to finish. Arrington in the middle of the set, scored five straight points off serves. The Lady Bulldogs closed the game 15-3 run.
Boling throughout the preseason has and will play teams from 4A and 5A as Burnside chooses to use those teams to prepare her team for district play.
"This year has been a little tougher," Burnside said. "I really and truly have two girls who have started for me the last two years. This year it's getting that mesh, that chemistry. It's been hard, they're getting frustrated, but they're building each game. They're not giving up."
"We lost a lot of seniors and we're practicing a lot harder than last year because of the seniors we lost," Arrington said. "We're all coming together and we're trying to (do) our best and we're doing pretty good so far."
For Wharton, from their scrimmage with Palacios through Tuesday's game with Boling it's been about improving.
"We're young, the majority are juniors and they started playing on varsity as sophomores," Garza said. "So it takes a little bit to mature and to grow."