Lady Flyers head into district with a win
Their final tune-up for of the non-district ended like so many matches this fall - in victory.
St. Joseph dismissed Corpus Christi John Paul II 25-10, 25-12, 25-22 Thursday night to improve to 22-4 on the season.
Natalie Bales had a double-double with 31 assists and 10 digs. Offensively, Carly Boles led the Flyers with nine kills and three blocks. Lauren Kurtz had eight kills and Analise Ybarbo added another seven.
However, this was a match won defensively. Centurions head coach Lauren Paslay said the Flyers blocking was too much for her team to handle.
"They had a really big block," Paslay said about a St. Joseph team that recorded 22 blocks Thursday. "They had really good defense. Normally, when we hit the ball, we're not used to teams getting the ball back. When they thought the play was over (the Flyers) were still going for it."
St. Joseph ran away with the first two games, but the Centurions (7-16) were pesky in the third. At one point John Paul II took a 10-6 lead when they somehow dug up a ball that was thigh-high when returned to the Flyers as a free ball.
Despite a few missed attacks and three straight service errors the Flyers rallied to tie the game 19-all on a Boles kill. A poor set from the visitors on the next point allowed St. Joseph to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Freshman Christine Janak had consecutive kills to end the match.
Despite the victory St. Joseph head coach Allyson Griffin said her team might have been a little too at ease in the third.
"My stress to them is you cannot be complacent and be relaxed just because you won the first two sets," Griffin said. "If we learned anything from playing (Victoria) East, you have to finish.
After winning the first two games of that match, and having eight match points in the third, the East beat St. Joseph in five games.
Entering the season Griffin said St. Joseph would play a stronger non-district schedule to prepare them for TAPPS District 3-4A play. The competition may have been stiffer, but the Flyers are still soaring into district play.
Since the Aug. 21 loss to East the Flyers have won 15 of 16 matches, including first places finishes at a tournament in Goliad and the Houston FAST Complex Private School Tournament.
St. Joseph opens district play Tuesday night when they host San Antonio TMI.
"I think we've faced a lot of teams on equal caliber. The last three weeks these kids have been phenomenal. We've gotten better every game. If we get better from here, our future is very bright."