Warriors suffer third ever district loss

Taylor Mitchell By Taylor Mitchell

Oct. 25, 2013 at 5:25 a.m.

The 2013 season has been a new experience for the Victoria West volleyball team.

For the first three seasons of the school's existence, the Warriors had been undefeated in district play and won the district championship each season.

However, West (26-11, 7-3) has lost three district matches, including a pair of three-game sweeps by Calallen.

"For the kids that played on those teams before, it's quite a bit different," Warriors coach Sandra Longoria said. "Just accepting the fact we don't have the same experienced skill players we used to have and trying to make the best with what we have. At times we had one or two seniors on the court and the rest were underclassmen."

Friday evening, the Warriors suffered their third ever district loss in a 25-9, 25-21, 25-21 to Calallen. West never held the lead in the first and third games, and held the lead just twice in the second game.

"They're a very strong, tall powerful team," Longoria said. "Our inexperience and lack of playing experience versus bigger, taller players had us exposed."

Earlier in the season, Calallen swept West in three-games in Corpus Christi. In that game, however, Longoria said her team played better.

"Maybe it was the time we peaked in the season," Longoria said. "I can't really say. I'm not exactly sure. While we were getting better, Calallen was getting better too."

Despite not being as successful as they were the first three seasons, the Warriors are in position for a spot in the Class 4A post season.

Calallen currently leads District 30-4A with an unblemished record (12-0) and West is tied for second place with Calhoun.

The top four teams from each district advance to the Class 4A post season.



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