Lady Flyers go perfect in district; win TAPPS 3-4A title (VIDEO)
Oct. 19, 2013 at 5:19 a.m.
St. Joseph Lady Flyers wins the TAPPS 3-4A district title
The Lady Flyers finished their district with a perfect 11-0
St. Joseph stat leaders
• Lauren Kurtz: 3 aces, 18 kills, 13 digs
• Carly Moran: 2 aces, 7 kills, 10 digs
• Christine Janak: 10 kills, 2 blocks
• Peyton Cuellar: 11 digs
• Natalie Bales: 5 aces, 32 assists
• Lauren Kurtz: 3 aces, 11 kills, 8 digs
• Carly Moran: 9 digs, 1 ace
• Christine Janak: 7 kills, 6 digs
• Madison Foeh: 7 kills
• Natalie Bales: 2 aces, 30 assists
For Lauren Kurtz, two objectives were set forth when practice began in August with St. Joseph.
Saturday, Kurtz and the rest of the Lady Flyers achieved one of them.
The Lady Flyers snagged their second straight TAPPS 3-4A district championship and maintained a perfect 11-0 record in district play, defeating Austin St. Dominic Savio 25-20, 25-14, 25-22 for the championship.
"We've had a goal since the first day of two-a-days that we were going to come and win district and make it back to state, and I think we're doing very good right now," Kurtz said. "It feels really good."
Facing a familiar opponent in the district championship game, Lady Flyers coach Allyson Griffin didn't want her players to become complacent.
"Well, it's always nerve-wracking knowing you've got to go against a team, and for us, I hate to say it, but our kids have a tendency to get complacent. 'Oh, we beat them in the past,'" Griffin said. "It's a constant reminder that every team in our district is out to win. So you take every game as a new one and do what you can to win on that day. Hey, we could face them again just like we did last year in the state semifinals. They win their two playoff games, we may see them again."
Saturday, the Lady Flyers faced San Antonio Holy Cross in the semifinal game, winning 25-15, 25-21, 26-24.
"We thought if we work together, we practice hard, we have a lot of communication, it'd be easy, and we did that today," said junior Lindsey Still.
While confident about the Lady Flyers' future, Griffin doesn't want the team to think the road back to winning state will be an easy one.
"Well, honestly, not having lost since August, you do have tendencies to get complacent, lose a lot of composure, and so it's hard," Griffin said. "They're working on the same thing: not getting bored. They've got an end result they want to achieve, and that's being back on that state final floor. They've got it in them, so it's not really hard to focus. They're focusing on the long hall."
Saturday was a celebration of one goal being completed, but another still remains: getting back to state.
"It's a lot of pressure, but we've been practicing hard every practice; we're going in positive," Kurtz said.