Titans sweep Jagaurs for fifth district win
CHARITY GAME East vs. WestFunds benefit CASA and the Women's Crisis Center. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. at the East gym.
Gabbie Luna found herself in a tough spot as she took her serve.
Down 15-12 to a surging Floresville team that was bent on crawling back into the match, the senior setter was tasked with helping her team get back into it.
She said her coach had reminded her to be smart with what she does.
"Coach told me that I need to smart with who I set," she said. "And just feed the hot hitter and that's what I did. I fed Keirra (Brown) a few times, and I mixed it up and changed everything around so they wouldn't know what was coming."
Titans coach Jamye Pauley said she reminded her team to keep its intensity up, which she said dropped momentarily.
"I just talked to them, told them they need to make sure they stay confident and get loud," she said. "I told them that, everything they do, they need to get loud and get in their face, and make sure they are celebrating everything."
She got the next three points to pull the Titans even and force a timeout.
Luna led the Titans with 21 assists Tuesday night against the Jaguars and Keirra Brown had 15 kills as the Titans swept to a 25-16, 25-20, 25-11 victory to open the second half of District 30-4A play on the right foot.
Luna said the Titans have a clear goal for the rest of the season: to win out and take first place in the district.
"Lately we've been hitting it really hard in practice because it's the second round, and trying to stay consistent," she said. "We always want to come out fighting because this is it.
"We want come through, finish strong so we can possibly take first in district."
First place, though, runs through crosstown rival Victoria West, which beat them in three games two weeks ago. They play again next Tuesday in a charity benefit game at Victoria East.
"We have the advantage, hopefully our fans will be all crazy," Luna said. "We had a great turnout last time, but this is our home court and we have to defend it."
Luna shares the court with her sister, Christina, also. Gabbie is a setter while her sister plays in the back row.
"We've been playing together since the sixth grade," Gabbie Luna said. "We've always been teammates, having her on the team is pretty awesome."
But Tuesday was different.
The Titans were short two players Tuesday night, with Christina Luna sick with a stomach virus and Morgan Lienemann sidelined with an injury.
It didn't seem to affect them.
Victoria East jumped out early in the first game, buoyed by the play Kara Frederick, who finished with 17 kills. She also added a dig and three blocks for the Titans.
"Morgan's a great hitter, we need her, but we have so many good hitters that we don't have to depend on one hitter," Luna said.
"We've been practicing without those girls, we knew that some of them weren't going to be here," Pauley said. "We're down an outside hitter, but these girls stepped up. They prepared all week for that, and they just did their job like they know how to do."
Pauley said the Titans are ready for the second half of district play, and have grown stronger as a team.
"They're going, man, they are on fire," she said. "They're excited, they're loving it. We're getting our hitting down, getting our passing down and finally, we're an all around all the time team."
VICTORIA EAST 3, FLORESVILLE 0
VE - 25 25 25
FLV - 16 20 11
Highlights: (VE) Gabbie Luna 21 assists, 6 digs; Tabby Zella 16 assists; Kara Frederick 3 blocks, 17 kills; Keirra Brown 15 kills; Angela Robisheaux 13 digs; Veronica Daividson 2 aces. Record: (VE) 18-14, 5-1.