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West dominant in district opener against Ladycats

By jhornberg
Sept. 21, 2010 at 4:21 a.m.
Updated Sept. 22, 2010 at 4:22 a.m.

El Campo's Karleigh Krpec goes up against Victoria West's Brooke Smith in a game earlier this season.

Victoria West could do no wrong in the first game, regardless of what its opponents tried.

A hand on every attempted kill.

Picture perfect digs, sets and spikes that proved unreturnable.

"We had barely any mistakes. We've been working super hard on no errors, no errors, no errors, because that's what kills us" said junior Jordan Fedorchak.

Added junior Kelsea Kalich: "I thought our back row was talking so much more and we covered our blocks. We really jelled as a team this time."

The result was total domination: the Ladycats got no service points in the first game and the Warriors set the tone for the rest of the match.

After an underwhelming home opener on Friday, the Warriors dominated their District 30-4A opener Tuesday night against Gregory-Portland, holding the Ladycats to seven total service points in the match en route to a 25-7, 25-10, 25-11 victory.

Warriors coach Sandy Longoria said the team had to learn to play on their own court. After 24 straight road games, Victoria West struggled some in its four-game win over Sweeny on Friday.

"We talked about focusing our game," she said. "This is only our second home match, and we learned how to tune out the distraction and play with more purpose."

Defense and passing were the emphasis, Longoria said, but there were other important factors for the Warriors.

"Along with defense, we stressed making sure we know who their big hitters are so we know how to handle them at the net," she said.

The Ladycats chances were few and far between. In the second and third games only the first two servers for Gregory-Portland registered points.

The rest had their chances taken away almost as soon as they got the ball.

Fedorchak said the focus of the Warriors has been on defending and passing.

"Everyone can hit, but if you have a solid defense of blocking and passing, that's what gets you winning," she said.

And it showed. The Warriors players at the front row used a considerable height advantage to get numerous partial blocks and touches.

"We can get on top of the ball for hitting," Fedorchak said.

Jessica Mickey, the team's lone senior, added 32 assists, setting countless kills.

Brooke Smith had three solo blocks to lead Victoria West, and Rachel Hamon had two more.

But more than anything, the Warriors are hoping this game makes a statement to the rest of the district that they are ready to play.

"Hopefully everyone in our district will watch out, and hopefully they know what's coming," Kalich said.

"No one really expected us to do this well," Fedorchak added.

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