Warriors fall in season opener

Alexandria  Alejandro By Alexandria Alejandro

Aug. 12, 2014 at 6:36 p.m.

Kerrah Henneke had just one shoe.

At one point in the final minutes of the fourth set, the Victoria West hitter's sneaker came off during the non-district match against visiting El Campo.

But she kept on playing, even sharing a block with Jillian Herrmann to give the Warriors a 22-9 lead in the set and tie the match at 4.

She got it back - eventually.

The Warriors did not, unfortunately, dropping the final set en route to a 3-2 loss to the Ladybirds in the season opener for both teams Tuesday.

"That was my favorite play," said West's first-year head coach Alysia Hill after the Warriors' 25-11, 22-25, 22-25, 25-10, 6-15 loss at home.

Even with the loss, Hill was pleased with her team's performance.

"There's a lot of positives," she said. "The girls really showed smooth defense. They've learned so much, and they're taking everything up as far as skill-wise."

She was especially impressed with her team's win in the opening set.

Setter Alyssa Alvarado (28 assists) fed hitters Herrmann (13 kills, 5 blocks, 5 points) and Saige McLarty while Haley Bynum (12 digs) handled the backcourt with ease.

"They're moving their toes. They're moving as a unit," she added. "There was a lot of good blocking. We do need to work a little bit more on our blocking. The teamwork and the communication has improved so much. And the hitters are hitting smart and placing the ball."

West dropped the next two sets but stunned El Campo with a little comeback in the third.

The Warriors cut a six-point deficit down to one thanks to Brooke Kirkpatrick (10 kills, 2 blocks), who blocked a hit then slammed a kill off an Alvarado feed. In between, hitters Herrmann, Henneke (6 points) and McLarty (11 points, 11 kills) also contributed off the net.

Both squads were even at 3 in the final, but El Campo's Heather Raun rattled off for six straight serves to spoil the night for the Warriors.

Amy Pflughaupt (16 kills, 7 points), Natalie Nohavitza (15 assists) and Fran Powers (7 kills) led El Campo.



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