The Sealy Lady Tiger volleyball team closed its dual-match portion of the schedule with a pair of wins on Saturday over the Snook Lady Jays and Schulenburg Lady Horns and as a result, earned votes in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s poll for the week starting Aug. 24.
The state rankings have yet to expand to its usual 25 teams but Sealy was among 20 other teams receiving votes for the top 10 that was released earlier this week.
The Lady Tigers entered this week of play with only two losses on their record, one of which came to the No. 1 team in the TGCA poll this week in the Needville Lady Jays, and seven matches remaining before district play begins on Sept. 22.
Sealy picked up four wins in as many matches last week. It took down Giddings (25-19, 25-23, 20-25, 25-7) and Columbus (25-21, 25-15, 19-25, 25-21) in four sets, swept Snook (25-14, 25-8, 25-4) and bested Schulenburg (25-21, 25-15, 19-25, 25-19) in four sets as well.
In Saturday’s second of two wins, the Lady Tigers started out strong by winning the first two sets over Schulenburg but quickly found themselves in a 12-3 hole in the third set and Sealy head volleyball coach Kim Boyd used a timeout to rally the troops.
“It’s just point for point, don’t worry about the score right now, focus on this point right here and what we have to do with who you have on the court,” Boyd said of the message during the break. “Our setters, we talk a lot about who we need to be focusing on but we also have to have our back row doing their job to let us execute those things.”
The Lady Tigers were able to do just that and battled through a 19-19 tie late in the set, scoring the final six points unanswered to notch their eighth win of the season.
“We have to eliminate our unforced errors because had we done that, there wouldn’t (have been so many lead changes and ties),” Boyd said. “Whenever they get rattled, they don’t slow down and keep their composure and it shows but they did a good job of being resilient throughout the whole match and coming back and refocusing.”
Earlier this week, Sealy traveled to Caldwell to face the Lady Hornets squad that has ended its season the past two years before playing host to the East Bernard Brahmarettes this Friday night.
“Both are very good teams. Caldwell, I don’t think lost a single person that were their go-to people so they’re going to be tough and tall,” Boyd said. “East Bernard has a few new players in key roles but they always have really good athletes so those are going to be really tough competitors.”