Warriors wrap up perfect district season with win over Beeville
Serve. Pass. Set. Kill. Celebrate.
Winning has become routine for Victoria West, a team that has found a way take apart almost every opponent they've faced in the last two months.
But Tuesday night was anything but that.
The Warriors finished off Beeville 25-16, 25-11, 25-13 to not only finish off the regular season with an undefeated record in District 30-4A, but also to close out the district season without losing a single game within a match.
"We obviously wanted to play well and do our best, but also know that if we did those things, the goal of winning the district would be reached, and even better with the way we were able to do that," said Warriors coach Sandy Longoria.
But the team was aware of the perfect season the whole time, Longoria added.
"It was in the back of our minds the whole time," she said.
The last time the Warriors lost a game was against Sweeny on Sept. 17.
"We knew we were a good team from the beginning," said senior Jessica Mickey. "But this just proved so much and we're really proud of ourselves."
The Warriors hadn't lost a match since the Sealy tournament in early September to close out the season with an overall record of 32-5.
"I think we played our hearts out (Tuesday) and all the rest of the season," said sophomore Kelsea Kalich. "It's the first year, we wanted to start out big and we definitely did. The excitement is still here, you can see it in everyone."
But the Lady Trojans held on as much as they could throughout the match.
It wasn't until the start of the third game, when Jessica Mickey led off with 11 straight service points to put the Warriors up 12-1 did Beeville relent.
"I just trying to switch it off, serve deep then serve short," Mickey said. "I was trying to throw them off and get a couple points ahead."
The Lady Trojans did rally back, cutting the lead in half briefly. But the Warriors lead was too much.
"We were really excited, it was the third game and we wanted to finish it off strong," said junior Jordan Fedorchak. "We got a lot of the players that don't get out there as much, so hopefully we can switch it up and keep everyone on our toes."
There was also a sense of anticipation, Kalich said.
"We knew we were one win away from our perfect season that we had been shooting for," she said.