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Robisheaux helps serve up win over Cuero

By jhornberg
Sept. 14, 2010 at 4:14 a.m.

Titans libero Angela Robisheaux  digs out a serve  against Cuero  on Tuesday. She had 14 digs in the game.

VICTORIA EAST 3, CUERO 025-13; 25-19; 25-23

Tabby Zella 25 assists; Angela Robisheaux 19 service points, 2 aces; Kara Frederick 2 blocks, 13 kills

In one smooth motion, Angela Robisheaux sidearmed the ball over the net. She barely moved, a fluid serve with power behind it.

"It's an easy thing to get the ball over the net, but you have to focus to make sure that you keep them consistent," said the senior libero for the Titans. "It really does no good if you serve a couple and then miss it."

The second game had opened up with Victoria East trading points with a hard-hitting Cuero team. A dangerous situation for the Titans.

Robisheaux put a stop to that.

The score was 10-all when she got the ball to serve. Robisheaux put up 10 straight service points, part of 19 she had on the night along with two aces to put the game away.

East coach Jamye Pauley said Robisheaux was attacking one particular player on her service.

"She knew that girl was weak, so she went at her," the coach said. "When they subbed, she went at the new kid, just for the simple fact that she's been on the bench.

"She knows how to work it. She knows how to push to the girls to areas that might be a little bit weaker."

Buoyed by Robisheaux's 14 digs and strong performances from several players, the Titans beat the Lady Gobblers in straight games 25-13, 25-19, 25-23 on Tuesday night, bringing their record to 12-13 as they get ready for the open of District 30-4A play next week.

Pauley said the team was ready for what Cuero had, and had been working on a counterattack for teams with the Lady Gobblers capabilities.

"They knew what was coming, they knew how their hitters are and they knew what they were bringing offensively," she said. "I keep telling them, no matter what, good kills are going to happen. You've got to be going right back at them.

"If that girl gets a kill, you go right back and you counterattack."

Robisheaux's game tends toward the defensive side of the ball. As libero, she subs in and out for players.

"I'm playing back row the entire game, so it's easy to get high dig numbers," she said. "Basically, I play defense instead of front row."

Pauley said Robisheaux's veteran presence in the back row serves as a calming force for the Titans during high stress times.

"Angela's been playing defense for a long time, she's very calm and focused on what she's doing," she said. "She reads really really well, and she goes after the ball."

The Titans came out strong early in the match. Cuero struggled to get anything going on the serve, something Robisheaux attributed to her and her teammates high energy entering the game.

"I think we were a lot more excited, and we came out kicking butt," she said. "In the second game, we got a big lead and then kind of let them back in. But as long as you stay ahead, then that's good."

Cuero fought back in the second and third games, trading points in the second until Robisheaux's string of service points and leading much of the third.

"We were a little off on defense, and hitting" Robisheaux said of the third set.

Still, Pauley said her team knew what they needed to do to put the match away.

"Our girls have a lot of determination, and I think that they knew better and to push," she said. "Even though Cuero came back, they knew what they had to do."

Tabby Zella also had a strong game for the Titans, accumulating 25 assists.

Pauley said she was in sync with her teammates, and was finding the right hitters at the right time.

"Tabby's brilliant," she said. "She can read the block and can set off of it. ... She really pushes herself and she really pushes her hitter. Her hitters count on her because she pushes them."

Pauley said the win against Cuero went a long way to showing the team that their work is paying off for them.

"I think the girls know that they are really good, but I think that they needed reassurance," Pauley said. "I think the win did that. All their hard work is being put to use and is for a reason.

"They played awesome. Our passing was perfect, our hitting was great. We had a couple of lapses every now and then, but overall they came back and pushed it just as hard."

Victoria East 3, Cuero 0

East - 25 25 25

Cuero - 13 19 23

Highlights: (East) Angela Robisheaux 2 aces, 19 service points, 14 digs; Katie Williams 13 digs; Tabby Zella 25 assists; Kara Frederick 2 blocks, 13 kills; Morgan Lienemann 9 kills; (Cuero) Victoria Wiesman 26 assists, 5 digs; Haley Gossett 9 kills, 4 digs; Kelsey Washington 14 kills, 15 digs; Abby Sheppard 3 kills, 1 block; Kayla Olguin 3 kills, 10 digs; Amanda Davenport 2 kills, 1 block, 2 digs; Taylor Parma 8 digs. Records: Victoria East 12-13; Cuero 18-9.

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