Getting a dig

Staff photo by Joshua Reese

Asijah Hammons tries to defend a play as her Lady Tigers teammates wait for the possession to be in play in their season opener at home against Boling, Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The Wharton Lady Tigers saw their first action of the season Tuesday, Aug. 18 in a three-set loss to the Boling Lady Bulldogs.

Wharton’s start to the year has been unlike others in Wharton County. The Lady Tigers did not get to start on time, because Wharton ISD did not have summer workouts consistently before Aug. 3.

Missing out on the first week, meant no extra time to hone in their skills, and no scrimmages for the Lady Tigers.

“We didn’t have two-a-days so we’ve only had two hours on these days as well (to practice),” Wharton coach Erica Garza said. “We missed out on all that.”

Boling came into the game with four games and a pair of scrimmages under its belt. 

While it was a three-set loss against the Lady Bulldogs, Wharton stayed close throughout the game. The Lady Tigers even led late in the second set, but unforced errors hurt them and Boling took advantage.

“For what we missed, we didn’t do bad, because this was our first time on the court,” Garza said.

The Lady Tigers this season are having to replace a graduated back row starter and two front row starters, including Ataya Watkins who’ll play for the Wharton County Junior College Pioneers volleyball team in the spring.

Wharton does have a large core of returners in seniors Courtney Coleman, Dreana Barrow, Marah Hoskins, Asijah Hammons and junior Lexie King. Also joining varsity this season are sophomores Diamond Sedillo and Macayla Jackson, juniors Halie Perez and Angelie Rauda and senior Jerika Stredic.

“We’re not bad, we’ve got a lot to work on (still),” Garza said. “We’ve got the returners and we’ve got newbies. It’s going to be a transition for them to get (used) to the varsity level.”

The Lady Tigers will be on the road next week, a Tuesday game against Palacios and Friday they will play Brazosport.

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