MISSOURI CITY – The Terry volleyball team has optimistic views for this season, with a spot in the playoffs as the main goal.
The Lady Rangers wanted to start district play on a good note, and they did for the most part.
Terry looked like a strong playoff team in the first two sets against hosting Fort Bend Marshall on Tuesday night, but didn’t play as smoothly in the third set.
But the Lady Rangers did get the sweep, beating the Lady Buffs 25-13, 25-14, 25-21 in the District 24-5A opener for both teams.
“The third set was terrible, but I’m excited to start district play with a win,” Terry head coach L. Ali Gonzalez said.
“The intensity in the beginning was lovely, so if we can learn to capture that and exploit it, that would be great.”
Terry scored the first six points of the first set and jumped out to a 17-7 lead after back-to-back kills by outside hitter Cayla Anthony.
The lead grew to 22-9 before a block by outside hitter Jayden Garza ended the set with the Lady Rangers winning big.
Once again, Terry jumped out to a big lead, going up 18-7 on Marshall.
Garza had two kills, an ace and a block to bump the lead to 21-12, and a couple of hitting errors by the Lady Buffs ended the set with another big win by the Lady Rangers.
Gonzalez decided to put out some of her reserves for the third set, and after dominating the last two sets, Terry let its guard down a little.
Marshall took advantage of hitting and passing errors to take a 17-14 lead, but two kills by Garza and back-to-back aces by middle blocker Logan Jordan put Terry back ahead.
More hitting errors kept the Lady Buffs within three points of Terry, but a kill by middle blocker Gloria Asabi and an ace by Garza ended the match and gave the Lady Rangers the win.
Terry, now 9-10 on the season and 1-0 in district, will look to keep things going with another match on the road on Friday, this one at Galveston Ball.
But Gonzalez wants her team to keep its focus throughout the whole match.
“It got sloppy (in the third set), and it can’t be like that, especially when we get to serious competition,” she said.
“They’re great girls and work hard, so I’m excited in that respect.”