Following a pair of weeks with nothing but away games, the Sealy Lady Tigers finally prepare for a game where they don’t have to board a bus to get to.
Instead, Head Coach Kim Boyd and her team will simply have to walk out of the locker room and across the hall to the gym for the first time in 18 days. Boyd is hoping that long absence, as well as the gravity of this upcoming game, will help bring plenty of fans through the doors.
“It’s nice [to come back home] but we are hoping more folks show up to such a high-stakes game,” she mentioned. “We want it to be loud to help rattle the opponent.”
That team on the other sideline will be the Needville Lady Jays, one of two teams to hand Sealy a loss in the district so far.
The Jays secured a sweep in that initial meeting of the season but on the second time around, teams have more material to prepare on and a better understanding of what they really have as a full roster and Coach Boyd will look to lean on that knowledge.
A little bit of reaction and a little bit of attack will look to propel Sealy in its upcoming matches where familiarity is growing between opposing players and coaches.
Although that roster had one slight change as Makaylah Scott has not been cleared to return to play from her knee injury.
Nonetheless, Boyd has been keeping morale at an elevated level by approaching a new way to reward some members of her team.
“One match we are looking for the top hitter or blocker and the next the top serve receiver and the winner gets a keychain for their bag,” Boyd said.
Although seemingly minute, it has served as a motivating factor for the team and so far has shown signs of working.
Since embarking on that four-game, two-week road trip, the Lady Tigers have returned victorious from all of them, sitting with a 6-2 record in the district at the start of today.
The district tilt with Needville all gets started Tuesday evening with the sub-varsity matches preceding the main-event varsity matchup. Freshmen get the start at 5 p.m. and JV will follow with varsity falling as the next domino whenever the first two matches finish in front.