Victoria West defeats Calhoun

Marcus Gutierrez By Marcus Gutierrez

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

Victoria West's Casey Reynolds, left, and Emily Olson, celebrate a point during their District 27-5A volleyball match Tuesday night in Port Lavaca. West won 3-1.

Victoria West's Casey Reynolds, left, and Emily Olson, celebrate a point during their District 27-5A volleyball match Tuesday night in Port Lavaca. West won 3-1.   Nicolas Galindo for The Victoria Advocate

PORT LAVACA - Victoria West setter Emily Olson can always trust the Warriors outside hitters.

Olson's chemistry with her outside hitters comes from practice and then translates on the court on game day.

"We trust each other," said the senior Olson. "I know that when I set them up they're going to be there. We're always talking with one another and want to get better. We played good and got the win on the road, which is big in this tough district."

Olson and the Warriors defeated Calhoun 25-21, 14-25, 25-22, 25-21 in four sets Tuesday night in a District 27-5A game at the Calhoun gym.

"Overall their energy was good and they played with great effort," said West head coach Alysia Hill. "We had some trouble early on, but the girls started playing as a team and were able to get back on track."

In the fourth set, Calhoun jumped out to a 8-3 lead over West(10-10,2-0).

The Warriors rallied with a 7-1 run to take a 10-9 lead over the Sandies, which five of those points came from aces, four aces by junior outside hitter Lexi Morris and one ace by senior Katelin Vahalik.

Olson had a kill while Reynolds had three kills and a block to seal the Warriors second straight district win.

Olson had with 34 assists and 10 digs while Reynolds had 10 kills and six aces.

"We knew in the fourth set that we had finish," Reynolds said. "We have some big shoes to fill from last year, but we're playing good right now and just have to get better with each game and practice."

In the third set the Warriors got out to a 9-3 lead, but the Sandies (1-1) fought back.

The Sandies (8-4,1-1) rallied and went on a 9-4 run to take a 12-11 lead on the Warriors.

Senior setter Dahlia Ortiz had 25 assists while Madysen Parker had 11 kills with 10 kills coming from Hannah Spencer for the Sandies.

The Warriors tied the set at 12 with a kill from Jaclyn Gonzales and an ace from libero Ryleigh Redding.

The Warriors never looked back and took the set.

The second set belonged to the Sandies.

Calhoun never trailed in the set and dominated.

Calhoun finished off West with a 5-0 run to seal the Sandies only set victory.

Jireh Orta, Rhema Orta, and Spener each had a kill assisted by Ortiz, while West had two errors to give the Sandies the set.

"That was the first time I have seen them play like that this year," said second year Calhoun coach Kristin Spencer. "It's a rivalry game with West and they have been a great team. I told them in the locker room that if we would have played like that the whole game we could have won. We still have some things we have to work on, but we will be fine."

West look to go for their third straight district win when the Warriors host Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated Friday at 5 p.m. At the West gym.

"We're playing well right now, but we still need to fine tune some things," Hill said. "We need fix our mistakes and just keep on learning each other. The girls give it everything they have all the time when they're out their on the court.


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