Lady Flyers win season opener (video)
Lauren Kurtz: 11 kills, 12 digs
Lindsey Still: 10 kills, 4 blocks
Kalyn Hempel: 13 digs
Natalie Bales: 36 assists, 5 blocks, 11 digs
The goal for the St. Joseph Lady Flyers' season opener Monday night was simple: start the season with a win and the least amount of errors possible.
The Lady Flyers got the win 3-1 (14-25, 25-18, 25-12, 25-15) against the Palacios Sharkettes, but it wasn't easy.
St. Joseph (1-0) got down early in the first game. The Sharkettes took advantage of errors made by the Lady Flyers as the Sharkettes won the first match 25-14.
"It was a slow start mentally. I didn't see a lot of spunk, a lot of fire," Lady Flyers coach Allyson Griffin said. "But slowly, we sped our game up, and it got better."
At one point in the first game, Lauren Kurtz brought the Lady Flyers close with a kill, but it wasn't enough.
Being down one game for the Lady Flyers became a reality.
They made sure that changed in the second game.
After the Sharkettes took an early lead in Game 2, thanks in large part to Geneva Perez, the Lady Flyers grabbed the lead for the first time in the second game after Perez committed an error.
The combination of Lindsey Still and Kurtz with blocks and kills helped St. Joseph win the second game.
"We just communicated more. We got our first game jitters out," Natalie Bales said. "We're used to getting hits to our Xs; instead, they were tipping."
If the Lady Flyers were nervous the during the first two games, it didn't show throughout the rest of the games.
The third game featured a mixture of assists by Bales and digs by Peyton Cuellar, which propelled the Lady Flyers over the Sharkettes.
Putting away Palacios in the fourth game wasn't as easy as it looked for the Lady Flyers, though.
Up 22-7, the Lady Flyers saw their lead quickly shrink to nine points, but a missed play by Palacios' Joie Pena ended the comeback.
"We were trying to get excited every play to propel us forward," Kurtz said.
Griffin noticed some mishaps by her team, something they will work on moving forward. But time to work on possible flaws will be limited, as the Lady Flyers play Victoria West on Tuesday.
"I hope this isn't the tone we run with in slow starts," Griffin said. "I want to see my kids come in and take three games fast and solid. That's our goal for tomorrow is to come back in with a different attitude."