District competition starts with wins for volleyball squads

Sealy and Brazos both start atop its standings with 1-0 records in respective districts

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With the volleyball season already nearing the midway point, the time has come where teams are playing games within their own district and both the Lady Tigers and Cougarettes got off on the right foot.

Last week saw another pair of games on Tuesday and Friday for both Sealy and Brazos. The Cougarettes had their district debut earlier in the week, squaring off against the Flatonia Bulldogs on their home court.

Head Coach Denyse Fernandez and her team left little doubt early on, sweeping the visitors, 25-8, 25-15 and 25-9. Brazos racked up 35 kills, 30 digs and 30 assists to notch a win in its first shot at another District-27 team in Class 2A.

The Cougarettes stayed at home for their Friday match with the Schulenburg Lady Horns who do not compete in the same district. However, the visitors were able to come away victorious after a tough battle, 26-24, 25-20, 25-15.

The Lady Tigers on the other hand, had their district-opener on Friday and faced the La Grange Lady Leopards in the early-week matchup at their home den.

It was sophomore Brylie Nedd again who led the offensive charge, racking up at least 20 kills in both games. Freshman Breanna Brandes assisted that attack, supplying 55 assists to grab a pair of wins for Sealy.

La Grange @ Sealy

22-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-15, 15-12 Sealy

Nedd slammed down 20 kills and Brandes piled up 36 assists and secured 20 digs to earn team-highs on Tuesday. Sophomore Ally Dickens racked up five blocks which also led the team to victory in the five-set battle.

Wharton @ Sealy

25-15, 25-5, 25-12 Sealy

The Lady Tigers opened up their district schedule with a win, and a convincing one at that. Sealy was in control for a majority of all three sets, including the middle 25-5 set.

Four Lady Tigers accounted for double-digit kills and the assisters, Brandes and senior Makaylah Scott, racked up 19 and 15 respectively.

Senior Faith Haugen led the team in both aces (4) and digs (11) while Nedd held the lead in the kill department with 23. Junior Zoee Jeffrey was right behind with 19, Brandes finished with 13 and junior Raegan Newsome pitched in 11.

Before the game, Head Coach Kim Boyd wanted to be sure her team was ready for the level of competition ramping up heading into inter-district play.

“We talked about how this game is really going to prepare us for next week,” Boyd mentioned. “We set goals before the game so that way we were playing at our level I think in the second and third set we definitely showed that.”

Sealy will look to continue to stay on the accelerator with their all-gas-no-breaks motto and take their high energy into their next group of games.

Before then, Coach Boyd said of the day simply, “It’s always good to get a W.”

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