Kaylie Skinner sets up a pass for a Lady Pirate outside hitter.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate volleyball team is off to a 1-0 start in district play after defeating the Calhoun Sandies in four sets Wednesday, Sept. 15 at home.

The Lady Pirates overall record moves to 17-6 with a 1-0 district record.

RFHS defeated Calhoun 25-21, 25-18, 20-25, and 25-12.

After pushing their matchup with Calhoun to Wednesday due to the threat of Tropical Storm Nicholas, RFHS Head Volleyball Coach Mark Jeffery said the team played its best match of the year.

“The biggest difference tonight was all the hitters were going. We had every single one hitting (well),” said Jeffery. “If we can continue doing that, we’re going to be pretty good because we have a ton of offensive weapons.”

The Lady Pirates overwhelmed the Sandies on the outside and played tough defense with Kaylee Howell and Kaylie Skinner blocking multiple shots.

Junior setter Sophia Byrom said the team played well in all phases.

“We ran good tempo and they (hitters) hit any ball I gave them,” said Byrom.

Byrom credited strong play in the backcourt, especially from Payton Martinez.

“Our defense was on point,” said Byrom. “Our libero, Payton, was awesome. She dug everything she was supposed to.”

As a team, RFHS had 143 digs.

“I think as a team we had 143 digs tonight. That’s unheard of,” said Jeffery.

Howell led RFHS in an impressive performance with 17 kills and eight blocks.

Alana Garcia finished with nine kills and Lauren Moore followed with seven kills.

Mikayla Molina led RFHS in assists with 28. Byrom followed with 14.

Skinner led RFHS in aces with four. Byrom followed with two.

Martinez led RFHS in digs with 37. Kiley Kopp followed with 19.

RFHS played at Ingleside Friday, Sept. 17. They will continue the district season at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 against West Oso.

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