Legacy head volleyball coach Rachel Anglin wants her team to play with a sense of urgency from point one until the end of the match.
Anglin’s Lady Rebels might have fell into too much of comfort zone Tuesday when Legacy took an early 9-1 lead over Odessa High in the first set of their District 2-6A match.
The Lady Bronchos didn’t go away quietly, as they fought the Lady Rebels hard the rest of the way.
But Legacy ultimately took care of business with a 25-10, 26-24, 25-19 victory over OHS at Rebel Gymnasium.
The Lady Rebels (22-10, 4-0) remained in sole possession of first place, and will have a week to prepare for their rival Midland High in their next match on Sept. 28.
“They had some good girls and I told them not to be surprised when they send it back over aggressively because it’s going to happen and we weren’t expecting it at that moment,” Anglin said of the Lady Bronchos. “But luckily, we turned it around and came out with a win.”
Legacy’s early 9-1 lead against the Lady Bronchos (6-11, 0-3) included five aces, with three from Kelsey Harrington and two from Marisa Calzada.
Despite its lackluster showing against the Lady Rebels’ serve receive, OHS turned the tables on LHS in the second set to take a 9-1 advantage. Lady Bronchos middle blocker Clarissa Rodriguez had three kills during the run.
Anglin called a timeout to regroup.
“We just needed to come together, play together and stay together,” Legacy defensive specialist Haley Robinson said of what was discussed in the timeout. “Really be aggressive and minimize our errors. That’s what we work on in practice.”
OHS was sitting in a position with an 18-12 lead later in the set but LHS responded with five straight points, capped off by an ace from Sydney Leavitt.
The Lady Rebels finally tied it at 20 on a kill from Loredana Fouonji and the Lady Bronchos relinquished the lead when a pair of their attacks fell out of bounds.
Yani Flores’ ace closed the second set for the Lady Rebels, and gave them a 2-0 lead.
“We definitely didn’t come out as our best and we need to work on being together more,” Robinson said. “We know we can compete more and compete better. We’re ready to go to work tomorrow to get more competition and prepare for our next game.”
The Lady Rebels had an impressive start to their third set, as they held leads of 5-0, 14-6, and 19-9.
But once again, the Lady Bronchos were resilient, as they narrowed their deficit to 22-19.
Leavitt’s kill from the back row ended a long volley for the 24th point before she sealed the victory with an ace for the 25th point.
“I think we fought hard throughout,” OHS head coach Victoria Smith said. “Legacy is a really good team. But I think we showed tonight, so are we. It’s just those little things we need to fix, back-to-back errors can’t happen. Staying in serve receive too long can’t happen. We just need to defend the serve. When we lose it, side out and defend the serve again.”
Fouonji led LHS with 14 kills and seven blocks; Leavitt had 18 digs; Kendall Harrington tallied 10 digs and 19 assists; Kylee Radwanski contributed with 12 kills; and Calzada and Flores each had a team-high four aces.
Aubrey Villa led OHS with seven kills, while Isabela Ordaz had a team-best 17 digs for the Lady Bronchos.
OHS visits Midland High at 5 p.m. Friday.
LEGACY DEF. ODESSA HIGH 25-10, 26-24, 25-19
Kills – Loredana Fouonji 14, Kylee Radwanski 12, Jordyn Tarter 5, Callie McCright 3, Kendall Harrington 2, Hyla Riley 2, Christallynn Tate 2, Yani Flores 1, Sydney Leavitt 1
Digs – Leavitt 18, Harrington 10, Tarter 7, Sophia Thompson 6, Alejandra Garcia 5, Hailey Clark 5, Haley Robinson 4, Fouonji 3, Flores 2, Riley 2, Marisa Calzada 2
Assists – Harrington 19, Flores 13, Leavitt 1
Blocks – Fouonji 7, Riley 2, McCright 1, Tate 1
Aces – Calzada 4, Flores 4, Harrington 3, Thompson 2, Robinson 1, Leavitt 1
Odessa High statistics
Kills – Aubrey Villa 7, Clarissa Rodriguez 5, Paige Byford 4, Bryanna Ordaz 2, Marissa Rodriguez 1
Digs – Isabela Ordaz 17, Carime Gonzales 8, Zoelley Herrera 4, Victoria Rodriguez 3, Byford 2, Villa 1, Clarissa DeLeon 1
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