Kill on way

Kaylie Skinner sends a kill in between the outstretched arms of two Calhoun blockers.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate volleyball team suffered their first district loss of the season to the Calhoun Sandies, a team they had previously beaten at home, in three sets Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Calhoun.

Calhoun swept RFHS 25-17, 25-16, and 27-25.

RFHS’ district record moves to 7-1 with an overall record of 23-7.

In a game that could ultimately decide the winner of District 26-4A, RFHS’ loss puts them at a tie with Calhoun at 7-1 with four district games remaining.

If both teams win out the remainder of their district schedule, a single elimination match may be played in the last week of the regular season between both teams to determine an overall champion.

From the get-go, Calhoun was ready to execute a tough game plan to stop RFHS.

RFHS Head Volleyball Coach Mark Jeffery said the team struggled to get going offensively.

“Calhoun came out and jumped on us right away,” said Jeffery. “We never really got our footing back. We didn’t do a good job of controlling the offensive game.”

In the first set, and throughout the game, Calhoun played an excellent defensive game against RFHS and stopped some tough hits that normally fall for the Lady Pirates.

“Calhoun made a couple good defensive plays, but offensively we just never really gained traction,” said Jeffery.

Calhoun’s strong defensive play led them out the gate to a 25-17 win in set one.

In set two, Calhoun took it to RFHS again with a tough presence defensively.

Jeffery said their inability to execute on offense, coupled with Calhoun’s big stops on defense, is what ultimately led to the loss.

“It was offensive execution, bottom line,” said Jeffery. “We played well enough defensively and serve received well enough to win, we just never got anything going offensively and it really hurt us.”

RFHS didn’t really find a rhythm offensively until set three, as they pushed the set into extra rallies to decide it.

Tied at 24-24, RFHS won the next rally on a bad serve. However, Calhoun stole the set back with a three-set rally to finish the game 27-25.

RFHS played Ingleside Friday, Oct. 15. Their next game is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Sinton.

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