Swing away

Needville junior Ashley Fojtik spikes the ball over the net against East Bernard.

EAST BERNARD — Looking for a tuneup before heading into the playoffs Thursday night, the East Bernard Brahmarette decided to test themselves, once again, against the number one team 4A, the Needville Lady Jays.

The Brahmarettes took a set from the Lady Jays, something only two other teams have done this season. East Bernard at home ultimately fell in four sets. Needville’s win moves them to 30-0 on the season.

East Bernard’s defense played tough with girls diving all over the place to make digs or keep the ball in play against the powerful Needville swings. Junior outside hitter Samantha Rabius played a significant role in the offense powering kills through the Needville defense.

While the Brahmarettes suffered their second loss to Needville this year, the message was positive from coach Breanna Lolley following the game.

“I thought we did a lot of good things and, I think there are a few little things we need to continue to work on in practice,” Lolley said. “That was a great game that we stepped up and played against great competition.”

East Bernard’s only losses this season have come to state-ranked 4A schools. Outside of losses to Needville, Sealy and Bellville, only one 3A school this year has taken a set from the Brahmarettes.

Serves and errors are the areas of focus for the Brahmarettes in practice with the playoffs upon them. While they played Needville close, late mistakes cost them, allowing the Lady Jays to take advantage and pull out the sets.

“We’ve got to play with confidence even when we are down,” Lolley said. “We can’t dig ourselves into too much of a (hole), continuous errors (hurt us).”

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