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Keep calm and volley on: Shallowater fights inconsistency in 3-1 win over Estacado

Posted: September 25, 2012 - 9:32pm  |  Updated: September 26, 2012 - 12:31am
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Shallowater's Rebekah Jones, center, sends a kill past Estacado blockers Tykera Ross, left, and Kadeshia Wilson on Tuesday at Estacado High School. Jones had 10 kills and 11 digs in the Fillies' win.  Stephen Spillman
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Shallowater's Rebekah Jones, center, sends a kill past Estacado blockers Tykera Ross, left, and Kadeshia Wilson on Tuesday at Estacado High School. Jones had 10 kills and 11 digs in the Fillies' win.

For the first time this season, Estacado volleyball coach Kristen Grimes was happy to see the looks on her players’ faces after a loss.

They were visibly upset Tuesday after the Lady Matadors dropped a four-set District 2-3A match to visiting Shallowater — a look Grimes hasn’t seen in her first season in Lubbock.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen any kind of emotion from them after a loss,” Grimes said. “Before, they didn’t really grasp the concept of it, and today I saw tears in the girls’ eyes, and that’s something that I haven’t seen all season.”

While Grimes is encouraged by the 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21 loss, Shallowater coach Amy Mangum knows her team could have done much better.

The Fillies (22-9, 1-1 in District 3-2A play) took the first set after creating separation midway through the tussle, but struggled the rest of the way to hammer home the victory.

“I thought we were very inconsistent,” Mangum said. “We had some really good points and some really low points where we were just not playing consistent ball.”

In the second set, the Fillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead and looked to be well on their way to a three-set sweep. However, the Lady Mats (6-18, 0-2) started dropping down shots the Fillies weren’t ready for, showing much more energy than Shallowater.

The Lady Mats eventually built a 16-10 lead, then staved off a Fillie comeback to win the set.

“One of our things has been consistency,” said Shallowater’s Rebekah Jones, who led all players with 10 kills and tied with teammate Taylor Tetens for 11 digs. “We just get down and we don’t make the corrections and then our heads aren’t in it.”

The Fillies looked like they turned the corner in the third set, turning a 12-12 game into a 22-13 lead and an eventual seven-point victory.

Shallowater built a 8-0 lead in the fourth set, looking as if they had finally shaken off the inconsistent struggles that plagued them all match long.

But that’s when the Lady Mats showed their best fight of the night, turning the game around and taking a 16-15 lead on a Kadeshia Wilson kill.

Four points later, with Estacado up 19-16 and threatening to push the match to five, Mangum called her final timeout to straighten out the Fillies.

“I think everybody was just tense and not relaxing and playing the game that we know we can play,” Mangum said. “As it got closer and closer, you could feel everybody tense up. So we just took a deep breath and said ‘OK, we got this.’”

The Fillies calmed down, took advantage of some Estacado mistakes and evened the game at 19 before stepping up and finishing the match on a 9-2 run.

Kelsey Bigham and Lindsey Ables each had five kills for Shallowater, and Hannah Almsted had 13 assists. Shantavia Turner led the Lady Mats with 12 assists, and KyAnna Walton had 10 digs.

The Lady Mats were led offensively by Je’Tazhai Johnson, who had nine kills. Oddessy Blackmore dropped in six kills, but was most impressive at the net with her nine blocks.

Grimes said Estacado hasn’t played like a team all season, and it was refreshing to see her players play as one instead of six individuals.

Johnson echoed her coach’s sentiments about the team play, and she could see how much better Estacado played.

“I couldn’t get really upset because this is the best we’ve played,” she said, “but it kind of (stinks) to lose. You never want to lose. That’s just how it is sometimes.”

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