Sealy volleyball closes tournament play

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Although the results might not have been what Sealy volleyball head coach Kim Boyd wanted, with the injuries her team has been dealing with, she was happy with the effort the Lady Tigers have shown coming out of tournament season.

Last Tuesday the East Bernard Brahmarettes came to town for a non-district tilt and although their season ended in the regional semifinal last year, they were state semifinalists two years ago and came into the matchup in Sealy ranked No. 7 in Class 3A according to MaxPreps.

“We had a lot of long rallies, it wasn’t like they were overpowering us I think we just got a little tired too soon,” Boyd said. “There were times where they would get us out of our system and we got a little rattled but with some new additions, we made a much better fight against East Bernard than the last time we faced them.”

The previous meeting she spoke about was a 2-0 loss at the Columbus Tournament to start the season and from here on out, all matches will be against only one other team and not in a tournament setting although that’s where a lot of Boyd’s new additions were able to get their feet wet.

“I think that a lot of our girls who wouldn’t have gotten game experience, they had meaningful playing time so that way whenever they are called up off the bench that they’re going to be ready because they know the expectations and the speed of the game,” the coach said. “I think that we needed to see some of those harder competition schools so that we can prepare for the big schools (in district) like Fulshear and the tough competitive teams like Needville and El Campo.”

Despite the 3-0 loss to East Bernard this time around, Boyd was happy with the effort from those thankfully not on the injury report.

“Hailey Reese did a great job for us, she was coming up big; she wasn’t afraid to swing on anything. We also had Breanna Brandes. It’s only her first game to really be back on the net,” she said. “There were some players who have been injured and others who aren’t used to playing next to one another, we all just have to readjust because bringing them all together is new but with more practice and games, they’ll get the groove back.”

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