Lady Yoe defeat Rogers to open district
The Lady Yoe volleyball team came from behind to defeat the Rogers lady Eagles 3-2 in their district opener.
The first two points of the set went to Rogers and the set stayed pretty even until Rogers rose up to an 8-4 lead. The deficit grew to 13-4 and the Lady Yoe scored three straight points to make the score 13-7. They would creep back to make the score 18-14 but would eventually lose the first set 25-19.
“It was our first district match and I think we had a little nerves starting out,” Coach Maria Gonzalez said. “We made some errors on our side and Rogers took advantage of that.”
The Lady Eagles got off to a fast start as the first seven points of the second set went to Rogers. Cameron then broke the drought by scoring three straight points to make the score 7-3. They kept up the momentum with a kill by Ainsley Driska (4) for a 9-6 game and kept chipping away on a kill by Haley Tucker (6) for a 12-10 game. The Lady Yoe fought back for a 16-15 game and eventually tied the game at 16. Cameron finally took the lead 19-18. The Lady Yoe continued the momentum throughout the set and finished with a kill by Lauren Harris (9) to win the second set 25-21.
The first point of the third set went to Rogers. The Lady Yoe fought back and with an ace by Kirsten Marin (2), they would gain a 4-1 lead. The Cameron lead grew to 14-5 off a kill by Tucker. The Lady Eagles would keep fighting as Rogers made it a four point game at 15-11 and Rogers would come all the way back and tied the score at 19. Cameron lost the lead 21-20 and would lose the third set 25-21.
The first four points of the fourth set went to Cameron. Rogers stormed back and tied it at 4. The Lady Yoe lost the lead 5-4 then later took back the lead 9-8. Cameron grew their lead with a combined block by Jessa Florez (13) and Tucker for a 13-9 lead. Rogers crept back to make the score 20-19 Cameron, and the Lady Eagles regained the lead 21-20. Cameron then took back lead 22-21 on a timely kill by Florez. An ace by Tucker followed up with a kill by Florez sealed the 25-23 set win for Cameron and forced a fifth set.
“I think both teams did a good job of competing and earning their points,” Gonzalez said. “We capitalized on our strengths and didn’t let being behind affect us.”
The first point of the fifth set went to Rogers. The Lady Yoe would surge past the Lady Eagles with a combined block for a 5-2 Cameron lead followed by a block by Driska for a 6-2 lead. The lead grew to 9-2 and eventually a double-digit 13-3 lead on kill by Driska. The Lady Yoe would go on to win the set 15-7 and also win their first district win on the season.
“I am so proud of our team for coming out and finishing,” she said. “I think it really showed us that we have what it takes to compete and compete well in this district. We are constantly talking about growing mentally and being able to focus. They did a great job tonight of staying the course and not letting being behind or personal errors determine the next play or point.”
Cameron’s next opponent would be the Little River Academy Lady Bees on Tuesday, where they would be defeated 3-2. Cameron would win the first set 25-19, 25-18 in the second set, then they would fall 25-23 in the third set, 25-22 in the fourth set, and 15-11 in the fifth set.
The Lady Yoe will take a quick break from district play tomorrow as they will head on the road to take on the Jarrell Lady Cougars, and the match is set to start at 6 p.m. on Friday.