Lady Flyers sweep SA Christian
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After getting swept by Austin St. Dominic Savio in their first TAPPS District 3-4A road game, the St. Joseph Lady Flyers returned home for a much needed long talk.
"It boosted our confidence and it showed us that nothing is going to be given to us so we know that we have to work even harder for anything that we play for," said senior middle blocker Analise Ybarbo.
The Lady Flyers' hard work paid off on Saturday in a sweep of the San Antonio Christian Lions.
Lindsey Still had eight kills and Natalie Bales had 27 assists to help St. Joseph improve its record to 24-5 overall.
"We were very comfortable and we came out very strong, which helped. But we still have a couple of things to work on," said Bales after the 25-15, 25-22 and 25-22 win.
The Lady Flyers were playing their third district game in five days and a team that has 11 players listed on its roster were down one with the absence of Brooke Brooks.
Brooks too part in pregame festivities, wore her warmup jacket and sat on the bench during the match.
Lauren Williams took Brooks' spot in the starting lineup and the Lady Flyers got significant contributions from other non-starters like freshmen rightside hitter Christine Janak.
We really don't have a bench, everybody plays," joked St. Joseph co-coach Allyson Griffin.
"I enjoy that though because everybody knows they have a role to go in and do and make sure they're 100 percent on top of their game."
Janak had six kills and two blocks while Peyton Cuellar led the Lady Flyers defensively with 14 digs.
"We definitely lost the energy from Brooke, but Lauren really picked up the hits that came her way and Christine's always been a strong hitter on the right side," Bales said.
After dropping the opening game by 11 points, the Lions came out as an aggressor in Game 2.
Defensive miscues and miscommunication helped the Lions jump out to an early four-point lead before Ybarbo laid down a pair of big spikes to spark a 7-1 run and give the Lady Flyers a 23-18 lead in Game 2.
"It just takes us getting together, we have strong chemistry together," Bales said. "It just takes talking, that's all it is."
Still's third spike of the game clinched it for St. Joseph.
Junior outside hitter Lauren Kurtz's spike tied Game 3 up at seven points apiece before and sparked a 7-1 run. From there, the Lady Flyers withstood a late Lions rally to hold on and win the match.
St. Joseph continues district play on Tuesday for a road match at San Antonio Holy Cross.