The Lady Steers weren't very gracious hosts to Andrews Tuesday, as Big Spring's volleyball program rolled over the Lady Mustangs in three sets, winning by scores of 25-7, 25-14 and 25-12.
The dominating performance was keyed by strong setting, offense and defense, while Andrews sputtered from the start, unable to string together a meaningful run.
“We're starting at a very high spot,” BSHS Head Coach Lynn Osborne said of her team this season. “They're probably the most solid team coming in that I've ever coached. They did a good job last night.”
Though Big Spring lost some notable athletes to graduation, Osborne had no problem filling those roles with talented underclassmen.
“We have two girls who came in that were on varsity part-time last year, Stevi Ward and Leksey Yarbar. They have done an exceptional job. Coach (Devon) Watts does a great job of preparing them. They have felt right at home and have worked hard.”
As for her veterans such as setter Morgan Seaton and the versatile Julianna Rodriguez, Osborne cites strong leadership and experience which has helped pave the way for what is shaping up to be another successful season.
It is a tough district, however, and Osborne knows there are no lax teams. To help prepare her team, she plans tough predistrict schedules.
“It's a strong district,” Osborne added. “You can't sleep on anybody. We'll have to respect every team, every week to accomplish our goals. We have to play up.”
The Lady Steers will make their debut at the Granbury Tournament on Friday at 9:15 a.m., as they take the court against Summit.
Setters: Morgan Seaton, 13 assists, 13 kills, 6 aces, 7 blocks, 1 dig; Kinsey Wash, 12 asssist, 5 aces, 1 dig.
Offense: Erin Pollard, 10 kills, 2 aces, 1 dig, 3 blocks; Kelsie Guinn, 4 kills, 1 dig, 3 blocks.
Defense: Stevi Ward, 14 digs, 3 blocks, 2 assists, 1 ace; Julianna Rodriguez, 9 digs, 1 assist, 1 kill, 2 aces.
The Lady Steers will return to action at a tournament in Granbury over the weekend.
Big Spring's junior varsity volleyball squad lost in two close sets, 23-25, 20-25, while the freshmen team won in three, scoring 14-25, 25-11 and 27-25.
After winning their first game against Wellman-Union, Coahoma's inexperience showed during a home loss to Loraine Tuesday.
It took four sets, but the Lady Bulldogs topped the Bulldogettes, 20-25, 10-25, 25-22 and 17-25.
According to CHS Head Coach Jessica Weynand, it was just an off night for her rookie team.
“Loraine hustled for every ball,” she said. “The pursued the ball every time. They were very competitive. They didn't want to let that ball drop. That's what we're trying to learn.”
With the Bulldogettes set to travel to Crane for a weekend tourney, Weynand's focus remains on the basics.
“We need to work on our communication,” she added. “We need to work on our fundamentals — setting and passing. We did those things well in our first game and that's why we won.” Last night, we just lacked a sense of urgency.”
Setter Rylie Jacobs recorded eight aces against Loraine, while Julia Castilaw had three kills.