SAN ANTONIO – After losing the first set to Goliad in the Region IV-3A final, Kylan Griffith and Industrial needed to regroup.

“We just stepped back and took a deep breath,” Griffith said. “We talked about it and decided as a team ‘Hey lets go, we need to pick it up.’”

Industrial (34-11) did just that. Winning the next three sets: 25-23, 25-20, 25-13. Griffith helped lead the way with 20 digs, 16 assists, 15 kills and one ace as the Cobras booked a ticket to the state tournament for the second straight year.

“It means so much (to get to state),” Griffith said. “It was a dream of mine to go to state with this team and it feels so good.”

Goliad (32-13) came out strong with five straight points to start the first set, but Industrial bounced back, scoring seven of its own to take the lead. The set went back and forth before Goliad scored the final two points to go ahead by one set.

Industrial turned things around in the second set. Although Goliad kept it close, the Cobras led for the majority of the set and were able to win by two to even things up at one set a piece. Industrial kept things up in the third set and while Goliad made a late run, the Cobras were able to withstand it to win 25-22.

Industrial jumped out to a big lead in the third set and held on to win despite a late four point run from Goliad.

“This is how we’ve been playing all season,” said Industrial head coach Kelsey Vasquez. “Our first game we play down and sometimes we can pull that off but not with an opponent like Goliad. But then once we get going, I never have a doubt that these girls are going to finish.”

The loss ended Goliad’s season, and while junior Mollee Henicke was proud of what the team was able to accomplish, she was disappointed with how the season ended.

“We just couldn’t get our momentum back after we lost it,” Henicke said. “We weren’t working as a team as well as we were in the first set and that was the difference.”

Goliad will lose two seniors with the season ending, Brooke Yanta and Ashlyn Davis.

“Those two have been tremendous leaders to this program. They’ve stuck it out for four years, volleyball isn’t an easy sport,” said Goliad head coach Jess Odem. “It comes with a lot of tough workouts and quick movements and fast thinking, but they have been here for the entire team this whole season and they’ve had great leadership.”

Industial is headed to the Culwell Center in Garland. The Cobras will play Bushland in the semi final game Thursday at 11 a.m.

“We just have to continue doing what we have been doing,” Vasquez said. “We just have to keep playing, hopefully we can take that first set instead of waiting until the end but I’m confident in this group and what they can do.”

While it’s a dream come true for Griffith and the Cobras, they are already preparing for what is to come.

“We just have to keep practicing how we play,” Griffith said. “We have to keep doing that and keep up our communication, that’s the biggest key for us.”

Industrial 3, Goliad 1

Industrial: 22, 25, 25, 25

Goliad: 25, 23, 20, 13

Highlights: (I) Kylan Griffith 20 digs, 15 kills, 16 assists, 1 ace; Abigail Pfhul 5 digs, 5 kills; Allie Eschenberg 33 digs, 2 assists; Katelynn Stout 7 digs, 2 aces; Ky Kusak 3 digs, 3 kills; Landry Payne 2 digs, 15 kills, 1 ace; Lauren Williams 11 digs, 10 kills, 28 assists, 1 ace; Maddison Stanush 3 digs, 15 kills, 1 assist, 1 block; Rachel Spacek 2 digs 5 kills; Shelby Chreene 9 digs, 1 assist, 1 ace.

Highlights: (G) Julia Morris 1 ace, 16 digs; Mollee Henicke 4 kills, 30 assists, 10 digs, 2 blocks; Karleigh Hill 6 kills, 11 digs, 3 blocks; Ashlyn Davis 16 kills, 9 digs, 2 blocks; Brook Jackson 4 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Brooke Yanta 7 kills, 4 digs, 3 blocks; Karli Buenger 7 assists, 14 digs; Kylie Welch 2 digs; Madi Reitz 3 digs; Abby Yanta 3 digs, 1 block.

Tyler Tyre is a Sports Reporter for the Victoria Advocate. He can be reached at 361-580-6576 or at ttyre@vicad.com or @tylertyre.

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As a Texas native I am so happy to be joining the Advocate staff and be staying in my home state. In May, 2019 I graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Journalism. I love to use the medium of sports to tell peoples stories.

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