East's season comes to a close against Floresville
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CUERO - In the two years Victoria East and Floresville were members of the same district, the Lady Titans won all four matches between the two schools.
That record changed Tuesday night here as the Jaguars swept East in the bi-district round of the Class 4A playoffs, 25-22, 25-12 and 25-19. The loss ends the Lady Titans season at 20-15.
"It stinks that it's all over," senior Morgan Lienemann said after the game. "I really enjoyed this. Everybody got along and I'm going to miss this team."
East began the 2012 season strong, but struggled down the stretch losing five of its last six games.
"This season we had our ups and downs," East head coach Jamye Pauley said. "There were a lot of good moments and we had a lot of learning moments. We were a young team and have three seniors graduating. It was a big learning experience. Not that we couldn't have done more because I know we could have."
The Lady Titans and Floresville, who were the champions of District 29-4A, fought through long points and mistakes by both sides. However, it was Floresville who was able to pull away first.
Down 10-8 in the first game, the Jaguars scored four unanswered points before East made another mark on the scoreboard and eventually building a 20-13 lead. The Lady Titans fought back with a seven point run of their own to tie the game at 20-20, but it was Floresville who got to 25 points first.
The second game was dominated by the Jaguars, who jumped out to a 6-2 lead and eventually a 13-4 lead that proved too much for East to comeback from.
In the intermission between the second and third games, Pauley told her players to leave everything they had on the court.
"I told them that no matter what happens, all you have to remember is how you go out," she said. "We're going out with a fight and not letting them run over us. You're not going to leave with something left. I didn't care about the outcome, win or lose, as long as they were giving me everything they had that's all I could ask for.""
The Lady Titans played with a renewed motivation in the third game as they built an 8-4 lead. Floresville came back to within one point and the two sides began to trade points. However, the Jaguars built a 21-16 lead and eventually ended East's season with a 25-19 score in the final game.
"After losing the second game we realized we had to win the third game or we'd be done," Lienemann said. "So, we came out with a lot more energy in that final game."
After the game, Pauley said the Lady Titans beat themselves with mistakes and errors.
"It really wasn't them. It was us," Pauley said. "It was a little lapse, a letdown. We battled that first game and lost it in the end and we were disappointed."
Lienemann led her team in both kills and aces with six each. She also tallied four digs and nine assists. Madison Hawkins led East with 10 assists.