ABILENE — The first week of the season didn’t follow the script the Brownwood Lady Lions volleyball team intended, but interim head coach Melanie Kunkel and the rest of the squad are anxious to put the past behind them and begin correcting their mistakes.
The Lady Lions wrapped up a 1-4 stay at the Abilene Bev Ball Classic, and a 1-6 opening week, with a pair of losses Saturday to the Abilene High JV and the Abilene Cooper varsity.
Brownwood began the day with a 19-25, 25-20, 25-13 setback to the JV Lady Eagles, while the Lady Coogs knocked off the Lady Lions for the second time in a week, 25-17, 25-15.
“Today was not nearly as successful as we hoped,” Kunkel said. “In the first game we were our own worst enemy. We had a hard time getting momentum and keeping it to a make a run against Abilene. We were able to collect ourselves after the first loss and performed better against Cooper. We fought until the end and I commend them for that.
“We had many moments of greatness today, but we have to string them together to score points and get out on other teams. The team is still trying to find the right chemistry and once that happens, we’ll be a successful ball club.”
Against the Abilene High JV, Brooklyn Stewart tallied a team-high six kills followed by four from Katie Pevehouse, three from Devin Lyons and two each from Kayli Waddle, Brooke Montemayor and Makayla Hight.
Paxton Vaughn finished with 11 assists and Naomi Rosato chalked up nine.
Stewart also recorded 12 service points followed by seven from Rosato, six from Vaughn, five from Cassandra Mendez, two from Lyons and one from Pevehouse.
In the match against Cooper, Stewart collected seven kills followed by five from Lyons, three from Waddle and one apiece from Jennifer Martinez, Cynthia Ibarra and Hight.
Vaughn dished out 12 assists and Rosato added six.
Martinez and Stewart served four points each, while Lyons and Rosato finished with two apiece.
The Lady Lions will play their first home games of the season Tuesday as they host Bangs and Grape Creek in a dual match. Start time is slated for 6 p.m.