Cougars sweeps Brazosport Christian at home

Sept. 2, 2010 at 4:02 a.m.

Faith Academy's Ashley Tyau towers above her opponent as she reaches for a block in a game against Cuero earlier this year.

Faith Academy's Ashley Tyau towers above her opponent as she reaches for a block in a game against Cuero earlier this year.

Three-oh was the phase of the night Thursday as the Faith Academy Lady Cougars volleyball team swept the Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian Lady Eagles to improve their record to 3-0 in TAPPS district 8-2A.

Although it took them a half a game to find their groove, the Lady Cougars dominated winning the three games 25-16, 25-18 and 25-15.

"We kept the momentum on our side, but we had to push ourselves to get there," said Faith Academy coach Suzanne Valenzuela.

Shea Gonzalez had nine service points and four aces and Ashley Tyau added 13 kills and five blocks in the home win.

In the first game, the two teams went back and fourth and were tied at 16 before the Lady Cougars finished the game with nine consecutive points.

"She just told us we need to get our game together and we need to take care of business," Gonzalez said.

Added Tyau: "Winning the first game definitely helped us be more pumped. It showed us that we could do better."

The pumped Lady Cougars were more aggressive in the second game and jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the second game and although Brazosport Christian cut the lead to 17-14, Faith Academy finished off the second and third game to take the match.

Although Faith Academy struggled early, Valenzuela saw some improvement in the team's passing game as the match went on.

"When someone has a good server, you've really got to get the passing and the platforms good so that did come through towards the third game," Valenzuela said.

Tyau provided the presence for the Lady Cougars in front of the net Thursday as she finished with 13 kills and five blocks.

"Her swing's coming along. She's staying in front of the ball so she is putting power down on the ball. That is going to be a great asset all year," Valenzuela said.

Behind Tyau, Gonzalez countered what the Lady Eagles were doing defensively with serves that were too hot for Brazos Christian to handle as she had nine service points.

"They come really hard, so she does a really good job making sure there's some speed on the ball," Valenzuela said.

The district win keeps Faith Academy undefeated in the league while the Lady Eagles are still looking for their first district win with the loss dropping them to 0-4.

The good start to the district season has given the Lady Cougars some cautious confidence heading into their next district game at Highlands Chinquapin on Tuesday.

"It's definitely boosted our confidence through the roof," said Tyau. "We're just not letting our guard down because we never know what else is out there."



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