Lady Pirates off to successful start, varsity girls win against Sharks 3-1

Varsity Lady Pirates prepare to take on the Sabine Pass Sharks (Kelsey Sheffield photo)Varsity Lady Pirates prepare to take on the Sabine Pass Sharks (Kelsey Sheffield photo)

by Kelsey Sheffield

Spurger Lady Pirates are off to a successful start in volleyball. The team has come away so far with more wins than losses, and high hopes for the games ahead.

Both the junior varsity and varsity girls competed against the Sabine Pass Sharks, on August 12. Although the JV girls did not manage a win, the Varsity Lady Pirates came away with a 3-1 win.

The girls started off hot through the first game with a 4-0 score before the Lady Sharks could score. Of those four points, Courtney Crain served an ace and two unreturned serves. The Lady Pirates quickly got the serve back and continued to dominate the game. Cassidy LeBouef helped take the lead with her serving streak that was accompanied by Shania Peavy's digs. Each time the girls lost a point, they quickly picked back up. Karley Wood delieved, back to back, a hard kill then a deep push to accelerate the team to take the first game. Alongside these girls, Ashley Mock and Jamie Shumake helped seal the deal. Both Mock's defense and offense had intense runs of smart tips and and a few blocks. Not only did Shumake have consecutive serves, but she also dominated the back row against the Lady Sharks in digging most of what hit threw her way. The girls came away with great momentum after a 25-13 score. Through the second game, the Lady Pirates seemed to have fallen asleep.

The game remained tied, between the two teams, early on, but the Lady Sharks soon took the lead and ran with it. Although they lost the second match 14-25, good plays were still made on behalf of the Lady Pirates. Natalie Zornoza and Hailee Hyatt both made impressive kills. Thankfully, for the third and fourth rounds, the girls woke up and decided to take the win. In both sets, each one of the girls stepped and and brought something to contribute to the win. The third game was an uplifting victory of 25-14, after the surprising loss of the second match. Crain continued her serving streaks, in which many of her serves could not be returned. LeBouef and Lila Fortenberry accompanied the win by serves as well. LeBouef served an ace and Fortenberry served two aces back to back. Shumake gained control on the net and made two kills. Alongside her was Wood who has grown confident in her net work and sent a push that the Lady Sharks could not recover, as well as a striking kill to the 10-foot line. She also managed the game point with another hard kill. With an abundance of drive to win, the girls looked forward to an easy sweep in the fourth. Little did they know at the time, it did not happen.

The Lady Pirates tools huge lead on the Lady Sharks of 21-7. The girls were all playing with such high skill and confidence, they expected the game to come to an end very soon. Wood had two kills and back to back aces. LeBouef showed off her confidence in her serving when she made a seven serve streak, two of which were aces, and Crain continued to serve aces as before. Mock and Shumake continued to rule on the net with smart tipping. As the girls and all their fans were preparing to celebrate for a sweeping win, the competition came alive with an 11-point run. Finally with a score of 22-18, the Lady Pirates created an opportunity for Wood to make a successful push to the backcourt to break the streak. Shumake then boosted the reestablished confidence in the girls with an ace. The girls came away with a win of 25-19 and an overall game win 3-1.

The varsity Lady Pirates will play in the Buna Tournament, August 21-23. The junior varsity and varsity play Tuesday, August 26, in Spurger against Good Samaritan and again Friday, August 29, in Hull-Daisetta. All non-tournament games will begin at 4:30 p.m.