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Alana Garcia sends a ball across the net in front of a Calhoun blocker into the middle court area.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate volleyball team lost to the Calhoun Sandies in three sets Tuesday, Sept. 29 at home.

RFHS holds a district record of 5-2 with an overall record of 7-7.

In 26-4A District standings, RFHS remains in second place behind Sinton.

RFHS lost to Calhoun by the scores of 25-22, 25-17, and 25-20.

RFHS Head Volleyball Coach Mark Jeffery said the team played very well most of the time, but came up short in key moments of the game.

“We did a lot of really good things,” said Jeffery. “Unfortunately, the mistakes we did make came at critical points in the match. I’m proud of the fight the girls showed.”

Payton Martinez and Faith Ngo led RFHS defensively with 15 digs each. Messiah Hernandez followed with seven digs.

Kaylee Howell, Lauren Moore, and Hernandez led RFHS in blocks with one each.

Howell led RFHS offensively with 10 kills. Ngo followed with five kills.

Hernandez led RFHS in assists with 11. Sophia Byrom followed with four.

Moore led RFHS in service aces with four.

RFHS has played each team in the district once so far with an exception to West Oso, whom the Lady Pirates have already defeated twice.

Coach Jeffery said the team is focusing on consistency and finishing matches as the girls enter the second half of district play.

“We’ve got a talented group of kids. Each player brings a unique skill to the team,” said Jeffery. “When we put all those skills together we have the capability of being a very strong volleyball team. I’m very pleased with how our defense has come along, as well as our offensive attack.”

The Lady Pirates’ next district game is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 at home against Beeville.

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