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30-4A volleyball ready for district play

By Keldy Ortiz
Sept. 9, 2013 at 4:09 a.m.

Members of the  Victoria East volleyball team hold their hands in the air before starting play against El Campo. East lost to El Campo in four sets.

Non-district volleyball games are over for teams in District 30-4A.

Now, the real challenges begin.

Various teams in the district will be in action Tuesday, including Crossroads teams Victoria West, East and Calhoun.

Victoria East

So far in the 2013 season, Victoria East (11-17) has competed in several different tournaments around the Crossroads.

Lady Titans coach Jamye Pauley said the strategy to play more frequently was to get ready for district.

"All that matters is what your record is in district," Pauley said. "A lot of the girls want to be good. We have a lot of ups, and we have our downs, but that's (non-district)."

As of Tuesday, the Lady Titans have lost two straight matches. East will look to rebound Tuesday night when it goes on the road to play the Sandies of Calhoun.

Calhoun

The Sandies are younger than last year's team, but coach Virginia Parsons doesn't believe that will stop them from doing well in district play.

"Its been off and on," Parsons said about the season thus far. "I think we have to work hard, and things will happen."

Last season, the Sandies (17-8) tied for second place in district. Parsons believes the team can perform well and can do better than second place this time around.

Victoria West

Repetition has been coach Sandy Longoria's focus for the Warriors this season.

West has played in multiple tournaments to help the team get better as the season goes on.

"Going into tournaments has helped," Longoria said. "This team being so young, we have a lot of inexperience."

Though four seniors have graduated since last season, that hasn't stopped the team from trying to play at a high level.

Going into Tuesday's game against Tuloso-Midway, Longoria said the team has come a long way in a short amount of time.

"We're learning to be more consistent," Longoria said, while adding that she hopes the team "improves and peaks at the right time."

Other district teams in action

Calallen will play host to Beeville. Carroll also goes on the road to play against Gregory-Portland.

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