If the Wharton Lady Tigers should find themselves trailing in any set, or if they start competition losing one, they can point to a game they had against Smithville recently.
They won in four sets. The Lady Tigers lost 10-25 in the first set, but it didn’t discourage them as they moved on to the second set. Erica Garza said these non-district games are the reason an athlete continues to move forward and continue battling at the net.
“Smithville gave us a good fight but our girls pulled it out in the end,” Garza said.
Wharton won by 10-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-15 scores. WHS really took it to Smithville in the final set, winning by 10 points.
“I am very proud of the team's efforts to do what is necessary to get them where they need to be as we start district,” Garza said.
Statistical team leaders were Marah Hoskins (8 kills, 2 assists, ace, block), Dreana Barrow (9 kills, 3 aces, block, 2 assists, Asijah Hammons (10 solo blocks), and Macayla Jackson (4 solo blocks).
COVID-19 had its effect on the team with lack of practices before the season began. Garza said the players continue to make strides and the win against Smithville was a good example.
“With the late start we are playing a bit inconsistent, however, each match we are working to develop the consistency and chemistry needed,” Garza said.
WHS fields junior varsity and freshman volleyball teams.
The JV won, 25-20, 25-23. Freshmen won, 17-25, 25-13, 15-11.
BHS playing tough district schedule
The battle for second place in District 24-3A, at least through the first leg, will go to the Brazos Cougarettes after the Boling Lady Bulldogs (6-6, 1-1) were swept last week, 23-25, 12-25, 8-25.
The Lady Bulldogs gave the Cougarettes their best punch in the first set, but mistakes and powerful swings from Bra zos was too much to overcome.
“The inconsistency has been hurting us all year,” BHS coach Ashleigh Burnside said. “We play really well for a set and then tend to settle and let the pressure get to us. They are young and still working through aspects of the game that usually come pretty easy for more mature teams.”
Helping Boling go toe-to-toe with Brazos in the first set were freshman Savannah Savage and junior Madison Malone, who served.
Trailing 2-0, Savage got Boling on the scoreboard in the first set with a kill past the Brazos defense. Savage went on to serve the five straight points to put Boling ahead.
Brazos roared back with nine straight points to get back ahead 11-6. Both teams traded points back and forth and after Brazos pulled ahead, 22-17 Boling used their second timeout of the set. Boling reeled off two points only to be matched by Brazos with two points putting them a score away from a win.
Junior Allie Floyd put a kill down and Boling, behind Malone, served and scored four more points to pull within, 24-23. Following a Brazos timeout, Boling sent a serve just a little long, securing the set for Brazos.
In the next two sets, Brazos jumped out to big leads, but unlike the first set, the Lady Bulldogs couldn’t recover.
Boling played cross-county rival East Bernard at home, Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Joshua Reese contributed to this story