SEGUIN — On Tuesday night, the Seguin volleyball team (22-15, 4-4) began the second round of District 27-4A competition just as it did the first — with a 3-0 loss to Hays.
The Lady Matadors did show improvement in each game, falling 25-9, 25-15, 25-16 to the talented Lady Rebels (22-15, 7-1).
Hays, however, was never truly challenged at Seguin’s Goldie Harris Gym, with Lady Mats head coach Kristi Stanley saying afterward that it’s about time her team buys into its own ability.
“I honestly don’t feel like when we enter a match when we’re playing someone like Hays, someone like (Alamo) Heights, that we believe we can win,” Stanley said. “We say that we want to, but we kind of go in with the mentality of we hope we play good instead of, ‘Let’s win.’”
The positive for Seguin is that it still sits in the driver’s seat as far as determining its own playoff fate. The Lady Matadors are fourth in the 27-4A standings and hold a head-to-head win over third-place Schertz Clemens (14-13, 3-5).
Still, Stanley would like to see her club strive for an upset over one of the top teams in district.
“We know we’re sitting in the fourth slot right now and that’s great — our goal is to be in there making playoffs,” the coach said. “However, we hate losing and we want to be winning every game. To take one off of Heights or to take one off of Boerne would be a plus.”
Against Hays on Tuesday, the visiting Lady Rebels’ quickness and size posed problems right from the opening set. Hays built a commanding 11-1 edge in the first game and cruised to an easy win, although Seguin showed some fight early in the second set.
There, the Lady Mats took their first lead of the match at 4-3 and later saw Mykaeli Franklin knot things up at 11 apiece on a well-timed tip kill.
The Lady Rebels soon pulled away, though, using a 7-1 to take control and eventually put Seguin in a 2-0 hole.
The Lady Matadors again refused to roll over in the final set, with Lindsey Muenchow ripping a strong kill to pull her team within 20-15 late in the game.
But Hays was simply too strong and too polished, as the Lady Rebels closed the contest with a quick 5-1 run to pick up their seventh district victory.
“We came out slow and they came out super strong and we struggled with that pace,” Stanley said. “We were reacting to the ball after we should have been.”
Franklin led her team with seven kills on the night, while Muenchow supplied five kills. Darian Bugai dished out 20 assists and Corley Ann Parker posted nine digs. Shelby Radick added seven digs, with Erin Moore and Carly Donsbach each serving up one ace.
Seguin will be back in action Friday when it heads to San Antonio for a 6:30 p.m. match against Alamo Heights.
Another sweep for Marion
UNIVERSAL CITY — The Lady Bulldogs (20-8, 8-0) kept right on cruising Tuesday night in a District 29-2A contest at Randolph, sweeping the Lady Ro-Hawks 25-18, 25-11, 25-21.
Meagan Littlefield posted 12 kills and 16 digs in the victory, while Cami Davis delivered 16 assists and three aces. Amy Stoermer totaled two and a half blocks, while Sally Brown notched two blocks of her own.
Marion will look for its ninth consecutive district win — and eighth overall — Friday when it hosts San Antonio Cole at 5 p.m.