Tigers split opener, Nedd racks up 21 kills

Sealy, Brenham and Faith Academy open seasons with win

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Flatonia vs Sealy

25-14, 25-21, 25-10 (Sealy 3-0)

Sophomore Brylie Nedd led the charge and brought the thunder, racking up 14 kills to take care of Flatonia in the season opener.

Sealy Head Coach Kimberly Boyd mentioned, “Flatonia is a team we’ve played before, so we knew a little bit of what to expect.”

That was put on display when the Tigers raced out to a 10-4 advantage and forced the Bulldogs to burn their first timeout to stop the momentum. It wouldn’t help much as Sealy cruised through the rest of the set and switched sides.

“I don’t know if we got a little tired or what, but we just continued to make mistakes and give them more points to close the gap [in the second set],” noted Coach Boyd.

Sealy snapped to action and left little doubt in what would be the third and final set of the match.

“I was telling them that you gotta be excited,” Boyd said. “They started doing their cheers on the side and even as silly as that is, it brings a smile to your face and that’s what they needed.”

Breanna Brandes registered notable totals on every line of the stat sheet, leading the team in assists (18), aces (7), and digs (12), while also adding four kills and a block in her first varsity action. Sophomore Ally Dickens wasn’t far behind Nedd, finishing the first match with seven kills and a pair of blocks.

Paetow vs Sealy

25-15, 25-11, 25-17 (Paetow 3-0)

After Sealy got a match off and watched Paetow take on Flatonia, it was the Tigers’ turn to square off against the Panthers.

This time around, however, Sealy ended up on the other side of the sweeping.

When asked what the biggest difference was between the two matches, Coach Boyd said simply; “Communication.”

She continued: “The girls said it, I said it, we weren’t making adjustments but [the team] said it themselves: there were itty bitty things that we killed ourselves over.”

Paetow continued to capitalize on those mistakes and cruised through the first two sets before the Tigers woke up a little again.

“You could tell the difference between the last set and the first two: they wanted it, they knew they could hang they started doing what they were supposed to,” Boyd mentioned.

Sealy's offense started to click a little bit; Brylie Nedd registered seven more kills, Breanna Brandes served three more aces and accounted for seven more assists. Ally Dickens, senior Diari Dabney and sophomore Avery Oliver all walked away with two blocks that helped make things more manageable.

Coach Boyd knows her team is better and will get better, starting with their next opportunity coming Thursday afternoon (Aug. 9) at the Columbus Tournament.

Sugar Land Logos Prep vs Faith Academy

25-12, 25-18, 25-10 (Faith Academy 3-0)

Coach Josh McLain mentioned the service game was the biggest factor in the win and junior Gabriella Yates led that phase of the game, racking up eight service aces to lead the Knights of Bellville’s Faith Academy over Sugar Land’s Logos Prep Lions

Brenham vs Brazos

28-26, 25-13, 25-12 (Brenham 3-0)

Cole McNanna is the sports and education editor of The Sealy News and can be reached at cole.mcnanna@sealynews.com

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