West makes short work of Goliad
The youth movement at Victoria West continues to march on. This time, over next door neighbor Goliad.
Twice, the Warriors fell behind big to the Tigerettes, once in the first set and again in the third. And each time, they bounced back to seal a straight set victory, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20.
"We were making too many hitting errors," Longoria said. "We did a lot of it to ourselves."
Some of the veterans were out on the court Tuesday, but one key figure sat out. Senior middle blocker Rachel Hamon dressed but sat out the game.
West fell behind in the first game at one point 18-10 before rattling off 15 straight points to take the set.
It would happen again on a much smaller scale in the third game, falling behind 9-3 to the Tigerettes before chipping away to tie at 13 all, then surge ahead for a 25-20.
"It was a matter of correcting our own errors," Longoria said.
One mainstay of the game was veteran Kelsea Kalich, the three-year starter at outside hitter for the Warriors. The senior finished with 18 kills and seven digs.
She was fed often by setter Ellen Hermes, who finished with 25 assists for the Warriors.
Goliad, though, brought its A-game to Victoria West. The Tigerettes had three finish with multiple blocks, with Ashtin Zamzow and Mallory Bruns each notching three blocks, and Avery Zamzow adding four.
Avery Zamzow also led the Goliad in kills with eight.
The Warriors are still adjusting to playing at the pace of a varsity game, Longoria said. Many of the new players are starting to jell for the 8-0 Warriors, and it was evident Tuesday. Deane Gallup added six kills, Allison Hamon had four kills, seven aces and three blocks, and Brooke Kirkpatrick had four kills and four blocks.
The Tigerettes were a somewhat known quantity for the Warriors, who scrimmaged against them the weekend before the season opened.
"They have some size, we knew what they had," Longoria said.