GOLIAD — The confidence has been high all for the Needville High School volleyball team throughout the 2020 season.
And why not?
The Lady Jays had dropped only three sets all year and swept 30 opponents entering Monday’s Region IV-4A semifinals match Tiger Gymnasium in Goliad.
The Lady Jays exuded that same level of confidence in a 3-0 sweep of Devine (25-12, 25-13, 25-5) to reach the regional champion against Wimberley on Thursday.
“Everything (this team) does, they do it together,” Needville head coach Amy Schultz said her team’s focus at the moment in the playoffs. “Every time I question them about (the other team’s) hitters, defense or where we’re going to put the ball? They know everything.”
Devine senior Madison Pike attempted to carry the Arabians early from the middle blocking positions.
But the Lady Jays had too many weapons and too much size to overwhelm Devine’s lone player over six-foot-tall.
Pike would record one block while Needville finished with five total, including two solo blocks and three block assists from junior Ashley Fojtik.
Devine was able to keep close in the early part of the first two sets against Needville.
But the Lady Jays pulled away each time.
The third set saw Needville only need to rotate one over the final 15 points to finish off Devine in three sets.
Senior Maddy Hrncir and Fojtik led the team with nine kills each.
Junior Yasmyn Ochoa and junior Cyla Kozik added six kills each.
Senior Mikayla Mikeska and junior Sarah Doggett combined for seven kills.
Needville had four aces, including two from Hrncir and one each from senior Bri Pena and Ochoa.
Junior Alyssa Edwards had the team-high in digs with 27.
Hrncir and Fojtik combined for 28 digs.
Pena added nine, and Mikeska had five.
Senior Hattie Smith had 22 assists, and Fojtik added 12.
Edwards also led the team in serve receives with 13.
“We need to work on our transition ball,” Schultz said. “When they are attacking, we need to be run a faster offense.
“Everything needs to faster.”
Needville improves to 33-0, and the Lady Jays have reached the regional championship three of the last four years.