A volleyball rivalry continues
By Millie Diaz
The first district matchup between rivals Cowgirls and Cobras occurred last Tuesday when Edna traveled to Vanderbilt. Cobras won in three quick games and the energy was high as usual between the fans of both teams.
For Cobra Katelynn Stout, this was her first varsity game. The freshman said she was nervous, naturally, but as the game went on the confidence from her older teammates transferred to her.
“The crowd cheering us on made the game an exciting one, and I got more comfortable as the game went on,” she said. Like her Cobra teammates, she’s confident about the second game Edna and Industrial play this Friday when they travel to Edna. “We’ve played them before and we know what their strengths and weaknesses are. We’re fully prepared, and ready to play our game on their court.”
Though the Cobras won 25-9, 25-14 and 25-12, the Cowgirls’ consensus is they’re not ready to go down without a fight.
Playing Industrial was nothing new to Acajia Dickerson, the junior Cowgirl has faced the Industrial multiple times, and she said last week’s match didn’t make her nervous, but she understood the trepidation of her teammates because of their youth.
“The bus ride going back to Edna last week was very quiet; we took notes on our phone and sent them to our coach (Lynn Osborne). But I believe we were quiet not because we were sad, but because we know we could’ve played more,” she said.
Cowgirl Melani Guzman switched positions to the back row in the Industrial game, and the sophomore said it joshed up her confidence some and caused her to commit more mistakes, but she’s learned to keep it under control. “Never would I have thought I could play back row; it never occurred to me because I wasn’t a very good passer, nor was I quick. But with more practice, I’ve been able to focus on my weaknesses and react quicker to the ball.”
Guzman said she believes her team’s mindset needs to switch up from being too careful with the ball into being more aggressive and smart with every point. “We all need to preview the game and really anticipate everything that goes on in the court.”
Dickerson agreed. “We learned that we need to come out more confident, but not too cocky, and we learned that we control our ambition in the game. This Friday, the Edna Cowgirls WILL make a comeback.”
The varsity game in Edna against the Cobras will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Oct 6 in the dome gym.
Industrial Vs. Edna
win 25-9, 25-14, 25-12
Overall Record: 20-3
District Record 3-0
Maddison Heibel- 2 kills, 31 assists, 2 blocks, 3 digs; Skylar Lenamon- 1 assists, 2 digs, 2 aces; Chloe Darilek- 8 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs, 2 aces; Savhannah Kitchens- 6 kills, 2 blocks, 7 aces; Kylann Griffith- 9 kills, 5 blocks, 1 digs, 2 aces; Sarah Kusak- 1 dig; Lauren Williams- 4 kills; Brooke Williams- 5 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs; Lexey Mikulec- 1 dig; Denae Brown- 2 kills; Katelynn Stout- 3 digs
Edna vs Industrial
loss, 9-25, 14-25, 19-25
Setters: Elizabeth Alex – 5 Assists, 1 Ace, 2 Digs; Raney Orsak – 3 Assists, 1 Ace, 1 Kill, 1 Dig 100% Serves
Offense: Hannah Weinmann – 4 Kills, 1 Dig; Acajia Dickerson – 2 Kills, 1 Ace, 3 Digs; Kylee Ressman – 2 Kills
Defense: Melani Guzman – 6 Digs, 2 Aces, 2 Kills, 1 Assist 100%-Serves