Sophia Byrom chases down an errant hit to keep the ball in play for RFHS.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate volleyball team lost to the Sinton Lady Pirates in three sets Tuesday, Sept. 15 at home.

After forcing extra rallies in set one and losing a close one 28-26, RFHS could not keep pace with Sinton in the following two sets, losing 25-10 and 25-21.

RFHS’ district record moves to 1-1 with an overall record of 3-6.

In set one, after leading Sinton 25-24, a couple critical errors defensively allowed Sinton to creep back up and steal the set 28-26.

In set two, RFHS kept pace in the first few rallies but Sinton eventually pulled away to build a 17-8 lead. RFHS couldn’t get the set to swing in their favor after being called for multiple net violations and the Sinton backcourt playing tough defense against RFHS hitters. Sinton eventually pulled away 25-10.

In set three, RFHS began the set strong with a 7-1 lead with tough plays at the net. Sinton, however, was able to fight back and retake the lead 15-13. After a few ferocious rallies with both teams trading points and making several defensive plays in the backcourt, Sinton came back to take the set 25-21.

Messiah Hernandez and Mikayla Molina led RFHS offensively with 12 sets each.

Faith Ngo led RFHS in kills with eight. Hernandez and Lauren Moore followed Ngo with five kills each.

Payton Martinez led RFHS defensively with 32 digs. Ngo followed Martinez with 10 digs.

Kaylee Howell led RFHS in blocks with four.

RFHS played back-to-back district games Friday, Sept. 18 at Beeville and Saturday, Sept. 19 at West Oso. Their next game is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at home against Miller.

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