Facing Class 6A San Angelo Central in their volleyball season opener was going to be a significant chore for the Brownwood Lady Lions, and they learned some valuable lessons. The Lady Lions did not, however, come away with their first victory of the season.
Central chalked up a 25-9, 25-13, 25-16 Tuesday victory over the Lady Lions, who battled with bouts of inconsistency throughout their initial match of the season.
“I think a lot of that was first game jitters,” said Lady Lions second-year head coach Julie Kennedy. “And some of that is we were playing a strong 6A team in Central, not just a regular 6A team.”
Kennedy also tried out a new rotation for the match, which the Lady Lions hadn’t practice before.
“We ran a tri-middle and for not practicing the rotation I thought we did well,” Kennedy said. “We still don’t know what rotations are going to work best for us and we threw this one out there today. That’s my fault, it didn’t work and we’ll come back and try something else.”
Among the bright spots on the day, Kennedy was pleased the Lady Lions serving as they committed just two errors.
“The girls serving was really good today, but our passing was not where it should have been,” Kennedy said. “We’re going to have to go back and work on that.”
Torrey Miller led the Lady Lions with seven kills followed by four from Mikaela Smith, three from Aleyia Cotton, two apiece from Tyra Cotton and Ashlynn Patteson and one from Madi Gosch.
Hadley Monroe dished out nine assists, five came from Miller and Tyra Cotton added one.
Behind the service line, Miller notched all four of Brownwood’s aces.
Defensively, Miller also led the Lady Lions with six digs followed by five from Aleyia Cotton, four from Davalynn Monroe, three from Patteson, and one each from Smith, Annie Gillispie and Hadley Monroe.
Cheyenne Stroope collected 2.5 blocks, Smith finished with 1.5, Aleyia Cotton tallied one and Miller and Tyra Cotton were each credited with a half.
The Lady Lions (0-1) will compete in Abilene Bev Ball Classic action Friday, facing Rotan at 10 a.m., Boerne Champion at 11 a.m., Lubbock Coronado at 3 p.m. and Breckenridge at 5 p.m. at Abilene High.
“I want to see us play consistently and I want to see us pass,” Kennedy said of the weekend goals. “We run a really good offense but we can’t run the offense if we don’t get the pass.”