West remains lone undefeated 30-4A volleyball team
Oct. 11, 2011 at 5:11 a.m.
Updated Oct. 12, 2011 at 5:12 a.m.
Anything less than another District 30-4A championship would be a letdown for the Victoria West.
"It's all we talk about, that's all we work on in practice," said West coach Sandy Longoria. "We have one goal."
West is now one step closer to reaching that goal after a 25-18, 25-11, 25-13 win over Gregory-Portland at the West Gym.
Brooke Smith had nine kills and Jordan Fedorchak added a team high five aces to help the Warriors improve to 6-0 in district and 29-6 overall.
"We've got two more weeks of this then on to the rest, hopefully," Longoria said.
The match featured the district's only unbeaten team against a Lady Cats' squad with only one win in district. But G-P was able to stay with the Warriors in Game 1.
The Warriors were having trouble getting balls past the Lady Cat front line tandem of Haley Teel and Alyssa Ahlers most of the opening frame.
"We didn't have any momentum," Longoria said. "Our passes weren't exactly where we wanted and hitters were creating our own errors."
Despite building a 20-12 lead, G-P made things interesting and closed to within five points of the Warriors before West took Game 1.
The second game was much less dramatic or competitive.
"In the second game we just stepped down and said 'no more,'" Smith said.
The Warriors jumped out to a 13-4 lead and forced G-P to call a timeout.
Talking things over didn't help the Lady Cats as Smith came up with consecutive kills and a block while Kelsea Kalich added two straight aces to help West build a commanding 15-point cushion in Game 2.
The Lady Cats earned their only lead of the night when they opened Game 3 on a 3-0 run, but that lead was short lived as the Warriors came back and scored six of the next eight points.
On Tuesday the Warriors showed off more depth by starting junior Carly Boles at right side hitter and senior Bryana Frazer as a defensive specialists.
Boles started off the match strong by spiking in two of the Warriors first three points in Game 1 and Frazer finished with a team high nine digs.
"The people on the bench are great hitters, great players all around," Smith said. "It's awesome that we're a team of great players and great athletes."
Added Longoria: "We're very lucky to have such a deep bench and they come in, they're ready and they do their job."
Smith and Fedorchak tied for the team lead with four blocks.
The Warriors the 11th ranked Class 4A team in the latest Texas High School Girls Coaches Association polls.
West looks for its seventh district win on Friday in Floresville. The Warriors swept the Jaguars in their previous meeting this season.