V’ballers home again vs. Clyde

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Sweetwater hosts Clyde in volleyball action today at 6:30 p.m. after losing all but one of its matches at the two-day Bev Ball tournament which was held Friday and Saturday in Abilene.
Sweetwater played pool matches Friday and lost to El Paso Pebble Hills 25-23, 21-25, 8-25; to Boerne Champion 4-25, 8-25; and to Brock 14-25, 11-25 before getting its first win on Saturday when it started bracket play vs. Jim Ned, winning 25-11, 25-21.
The Lady Mustangs’ final match Saturday saw them lose 27-29, 19-25 to Wall.
According to coach Morgan Doyle, the team is still adjusting to the loss of Elli Lehnert to injury and also lost Shavie Green to injury at the tournament, but she is expected to be back in action today.
“After a rough Day One, the girls were able to overcome frustration and mold together as a team to get their first win this season against Jim Ned, who we scrimmaged last weekend,” Doyle said. “Unfortunately our tournament came to an end with a loss to Wall.”
In Friday’s loss to Pebble Hills Charity Thompson had five kills and Hannah Mobley and Green finished with four apiece, while setter Mia Valdez came up with 12 assists and 11 digs.
No stats against Boerne Champion were available. Vs. Brock, Mobley had four kills while Valdez again led in digs with eight.
In the win over Jim Ned, Thompson finished with a team-high eight kills in the match and Mobley collected seven, plus 13 digs. But the team was led in digs by Bri Moriel with 21, followed by Valdez with 18. And in the team’s tournament-ending loss to Wall, Thompson and Mobley each had seven kills while Keyanna Tillis had five kills; Valdez ended the match with 17 assists; and Moriel had 16 digs. In the Game 1 loss, five service errors were a big factor in Sweetwater’s defeat after it extended Wall to many extra points, Doyle said.