Tigerettes build their own identity
Aug. 19, 2014 at 6:27 p.m.
Updated Aug. 19, 2014 at 11:31 p.m.
Goliad senior Megan Hilscher said everyone assumes the Tigerettes are the same exact team from last year - not that it's a bad reputation.
Goliad went 8-0 in district and made it to the Class 2A Region IV tournament in San Antonio.
Being a part of that team, which lost three seniors, has helped Hilscher mentally this season.
"It really brought us together and showed me how strong we are and how far we can go this year," Hilscher said.
Goliad showed unity Tuesday night when it defeated Victoria West 3-1 in a four-game match (22-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22).
"Everyone sees us as the same team, but at two-a-days, we realized we have a lot to work on," she said. "We started snapping together and bonding, and we knew what we had to do to be a team."
With six returners, the Tigerettes look the same, but coach Jess Morris knows they will build their own identity.
"Last year, we had one leader in Ashtin (Zamzow)," Morris said. "This year, we have two or three girls stepping up into the leadership role. They don't know it yet, but I see them making their own identity."
One of those new leaders is sophomore Roxanne Morris, who was named Newcomer of the Year in 2013 for District 30-2A.
For Morris, being a leader means never faltering in effort.
Toward the end of the 2013 season, Morris went down in practice with a partial anterior cruciate ligament tear and bruised kneecap.
She took three weeks off but returned to play in the regional tournament.
"We didn't make regionals for six years; I couldn't miss it," Morris said.
"It means you can't get down; you can't let the other team get in your head," Roxanne Morris said. "Even if you're 15 points down, you have to keep playing."
Goliad will play in the Victoria ISD Volleyfest starting Friday at Victoria East.
Though losing only to tournament winner St. Joseph and consolation winner Brenham in the Columbus tournament last weekend, West was confident going into Tuesday's match with Goliad.
"The team really started working together to find their unity," said West coach Alysia Hill.
After winning the first set 25-22, West kept the score close but couldn't deliver more wins against the Tigerettes.
"One thing I see is them giving 100 percent effort," Hill said. "I think they need to work on transitioning and being a team."
Senior libero Haley Bynum is falling into the position pretty effortlessly.
"This is her first year (at libero), and she has stepped up. She's doing a fabulous job," Hill said. "She's digging balls, reading defense and communicating with her players - everything a libero should do."
Bynum was the West dig leader with 19. Alyssa Alvarado followed with nine digs.
Jillian Herrmann had 2 aces, 2 blocks and 12 kills. Brooke Kirkpatrick had 15 kills, and Saige McLarty had 9 kills.