Victoria East captures first District 27-5A win

Rey Castillo By Rey Castillo

Sept. 12, 2017 at 11 p.m.
Updated Sept. 12, 2017 at 11:10 p.m.

Alison Barnett, senior, left and Zakari Perry, sophomore, jump to block a spike during volleyball practice at Victoria East.

Alison Barnett, senior, left and Zakari Perry, sophomore, jump to block a spike during volleyball practice at Victoria East.   Olivia Vanni/ for The Victoria Advocate

Victoria East senior Sarah Diebel knows the potential her team has.

The entire East gym got a glimpse of it Tuesday after the Lady Titans defeated Angleton 6-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13 to capture its first District 27-5A win of the season.

"I'm always telling the girls they're doing awesome," Diebel said. "When they hear that, they play better. I always encourage them and tell them to keep their high energy."

The Lady Titans' energy was on full-display after the Lady Cats (6-7, 0-2) took the first set.

East (7-9, 1-1) rallied to win the next three sets, outscoring their opponent 75-30.

"I think it took every single girl to make this happen tonight," said Victoria East coach Misty Boenig. "It's their goal to make the playoffs and we know there's teams we're going to have to take out if we want to do that."

The Lady Titans' hustle was also on display despite the team playing in their second of back-to-back district games.

"I think we did an awesome job," Diebel said. "This whole week we've been focusing on our goals and being energetic, working as hard as we can, and I think we did that tonight."

In the second set, East jumped out to a 6-0 lead and continued to take advantage of the Lady Cats' net violations and hitting errors to grab their largest lead of the set at 14-4.

Sophomore Zakari Perry (9 kills) delivered back-to-back kills before Leilani Wimbish-Gay (12 kills) gave East a 23-8 lead. Two plays later, Abby Barnett delivered the set-winning kill.

"It started out rough but our attitudes were high," said sophomore Loren Escalona, who finished with 13 assists, 8 digs, 4 aces and 2 kills. "Tonight proved we're a team as long as we work together, and it gives us momentum knowing we have a district win under our belts."

Escalona's hustle was also on display during the final three sets.

In the third set and the Lady Titans leading 7-2, Escalona dived to save a ball from out of bounds - leading to a kill by Adrianna Moreno.

Two plays later, Escalona recorded another save before delivering her first of two kills.

"We just have to stay positive and keep up the hard work on the court," Escalona said. "Coach told us to keep working hard and keep getting ready for next week's game."

In the final set, the Lady Titans' closed out the match on a 12-4 run, capitalized on a game-winning kill by Moreno.

"Somebody is always going to be able to go after the ball and make sure it's not touching the ground," Boenig said. "It doesn't matter who's out there at any given time, our kids are going to try and make it happen every time they're out there."

The Lady Titans now turn their attention to Calhoun, who is coming off a district loss to Victoria West.

"Calhoun is a great team," Diebel said. "They're going to give us awesome competition, but I think if we work hard, we can come out with a win."

Victoria East 3, Angleton 1

Angleton 25 10 17 13

East - 16 25 25 25

Highlights - (East) Loren Escalona 13 assists, 8 digs, 4 aces, 2 kills, Leilani Wimbish-Gay 12 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks, 1 ace; Samantha Fuentez 5 aces, 27 digs, 1 assist; Zakari Perry 9 kills; Abby Barnett 5 kills, Sarah Diebel 2 digs, 1 kill; Alison Barnett 3 kills, 2 digs.

Records - East 7-9, 1-1 District 27-5A; Angleton 6-7, 0-2.



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