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El Campo pulls out close, but powerful, victory against Lady Titans

By Victoria Advocate
Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.

Amy Pflughaupt of El Campo screams in celebration after El Campo beat Victoria East to end the match at Victoria East. El Campo lost the first set to East but rallied to win three straight and take the win.

After the four-set match between El Campo and Victoria East, junior Amy Pflughaupt taped a much-needed ice pack to her right shoulder.

Plfughaupt shined as she delivered one strong hit after another during each game against the Lady Titans on Tuesday night at the East gym.

Even as she mistakenly slammed the ball out-of-bounds, her effervescence remained intact.

"I'm pretty much a happy person," Plfughaupt said. "I have to encourage the team and because I'm a junior, it's my job to step up and lead on the court."

The El Campo Ladybirds and the Lady Titans kept the fans guessing during each game, not letting the other team grab too big of a lead.

Each game in the four-set match came down to the final point. East won the first match 25-23, and El Campo pulled out three consecutive, but close, wins 25-20, 26-24, 25-21.

Every kill on the East side was met with a hard dig in defense on El Campo's side of the court and vice versa.

But the Ladybirds delivered the final blow at the end of the fourth game for 25-23 win.

Pflughaupt led the Lady Birds with 22 kills by the end of the third game, which may explain her sore shoulder after the game.

Bee Bradshaw (14 digs)and Savanna Smith (15 digs) led the ground defense.

The girls moved fluidly on the court, making sure to not leave a spot open for any stray Titan shots.

East coach Jamye Pauley said that communication on the court continues to need improvement.

"You can't dig a hole for yourself so far and expect to dig yourself out of it," Pauley said after the game. "The communication wasn't consistent."

The Lady Titans (7-10) started strong with a 25-20 win over the Ladybirds.

By the middle of the second game, however, the momentum that was overflowing had weaned and El Campo took advantage.

Junior Alicia Hernandez said that though she feels East is coming together as a team, they need to push all the way to the end.

"Pushing points toward the end of the game is our weakness," Hernandez, who had more than 30 digs. "We lost our momentum and weren't talking like we did in the first game - it got low."

Pauley will continue to push constant communication for the Lady Titans.

Players Jada Whitby and Destani Villarreal are her loudest girls on the court, she said.

"Last weekend at the tournament (Cedar Creek), that was the best I saw," Pauley said. "I've seen it where they talk to each other for every single serve, return - every play."

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