Because of scheduling snafu, two East-West contests Friday
If You Go
VICTORIA WEST (30-5, 9-0) VS. VICTORIA EAST (19-12, 5-4).
• WHERE: Victoria East Gym
• WHEN: Friday, 5:30 p.m.
• NOTE: Warriors have won all five meetings between the schools.
The truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, or the computer program that dictates the District 30-4A schedule.
The truth is a scheduling quirk means two of the three biggest Victoria Independent School District sporting events of the fall, the second East-West volleyball game and the Battle for the Sword, are on the same night - Friday.
Ralph Escalona, VISD athletic director, said there was not serious consideration to move the volleyball match.
"It would be nearly impossible," Escalona said. "Is it bigger than East-West volleyball? You have to treat every sport equally. .you have a district volleyball schedule and a district football schedule. The schedules are set and the way they turn out is the way they turn out."
Victoria East will be the home team for both contests. The volleyball match starts at 5:30 p.m. at the high school. Kickoff in the third annual Battle for the Sword is two hours later at Memorial Stadium.
"The only way we can adjust that is to play the varsity match first," said West volleyball coach Sandy Longoria, about playing before the sub-varsity matches. "We understand the crowd wants to support volleyball and football. If we play our game earlier, maybe they can catch both teams."
This was not a problem in the first two years of the East-West rivalry because the football game was scheduled for Week 10, when volleyball was in the postseason.
After the Titans volleyball team lost to Calhoun and the Warriors swept to Tuloso-Midway Tuesday night, the two schools were prevented from moving their volleyball match to Thursday night.
Section 1206 of the University Interscholastic League rule book states "schools shall schedule no more than on contest or performance per activity per student per school week, with the exception of tournaments, postseason competition and district varsity contests postponed by weather or public disaster."
Though Friday's match might determine if the Titans make the postseason, it's not a postseason contest. And, there is not a threat of a natural disaster postponing either contest. So, that meant playing Thursday was not an option.
In separate conversations Longoria and Victoria East volleyball coach Jamye Pauley said playing their match Saturday was a non-starter. Since this is homecoming week for Victoria East, Pauley preferred to play Friday.
"Our girls want to win either way," Pauley said, referencing the Titans' Sept. 18 loss to West. "We have a bad taste in our mouths from the last time."