The 2018 volleyball season opened on August 6 when the Lady Huskies from Holmes traveled to South San High School. The Lady Huskies defeated the Lady Bobcats taking the game in five sets.
On Tuesday the remaining Northside schools opened their season in different locations throughout the area.
The Marshall Lady Rams faced Roosevelt’s Lady Riders at Northside gym. Coach Danielle Nichols and her squad are rebuilding from last year’s graduation.
The Lady Rams needed the first set to gel together as a team and work out the summer kinks. The Lady Riders scored 25 points to the Lady Rams 20 using accurate serves and working the net to build an early lead and advantage.
The Lady Rams settled into a routine during the second game building an impressive lead early 18-9 behind accurate serves, placing shots either in the middle of the court, or placing it behind the Lady Rider defense. The Lady Rams controlled the tempo of the second set.
The Lady Rams developed another early lead in the third set; however, the Lady Riders rallied late and caused some tension in the stands as the Lady Riders continued to close the gap.
The Lady Rams regained their focus and pulled the victory away from the Lady Riders in the third.
The Lady Rams used the momentum gained in the third set to close out the match and take the game victory from the Lady Riders.
Erin Lyons, Ciera Ortega, and Natalie Martinez provided leadership and an offensive spark for the team. No. 18 and No. 4 had four kills each during the game.
Nichols remarked, “This was a great game for our team. Some of the players were on the floor for the first time in a varsity contest tonight. We learned where we need to focus in practice and that includes becoming more accurate in our serve game.”
Marshall did not win their season opener last year so the team is off to a better start than 2017.
The Lady Warriors from Warren faced a tough opponent in their season opener—the Lady Rattlers from Reagan. Reagan’s participation in the playoffs is routine. Tonight they fielded another strong team who pushed the Lady Warriors to four sets before taking the victory.
The Lady Warriors started the first set focused to dominate the floor. The Lady Warriors communicated well on the floor and moved in harmony as they returned the volleys back to the Lady Rattlers. The Lady Warriors won the first set 25-21.
The remaining three sets proved difficult for the Lady Warriors. The Lady Rattlers rebounded from the first loss to control the tempo and placement of the ball on the court. The Lady Rattlers developed an early lead in each set and although the Lady Warriors demonstrated grit and determination they could not overcome the Lady Rattlers.
Coach Jacqueline Barrientes expressed praise for her team. “This was a great start for the team. We only lost one senior from last year’s team. This is the first year our team has everyone healthy and on the floor.
We moved many of the players through rotations on the floor. We have identified our weakness and focus areas for practice and the girls came into the game ready to play in the first set. We have started well and now we will build from this game.”
The Lady Warriors face another “playoff” regular on Wednesday night when they travel to East Central to play the Lady Hornets. The Lady Warriors will also play the Lady Jaguars from Johnson as one of their final preseason opponents.
In other action, O’Connor defeated New Braunfels Canyon and Harlan defeated McArthur. Stevens, Brennan, Clark did not win their opening games. At press time scores had not been reported for Brandeis, Jay or Taft.
Most Northside teams will return to action on Wednesday and participate in tournament play Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
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