The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate volleyball team finished their regular season at Calhoun in what ended in a loss in four sets Tuesday, Oct. 20.

RFHS finishes the regular season with an overall record of 10-9 and a district record of 8-4.

RFHS played Calhoun to decide the second and third seeds in District 26-4A. In Calhoun’s victory, RFHS claimed the third seed heading into the playoffs. Calhoun finishes second and Sinton in first.

Calhoun defeated RFHS 25-21, 24-26, 25-13, and 25-21.

RFHS Head Volleyball Coach Mark Jeffery said he was proud of the way his team fought to the very end in Calhoun, nearly forcing a fifth set with close battles in sets one and four.

“It was a great game going into the playoffs because that’s the kind of competition we’re going to see,” said Jeffery. “We did some things really, really well; and at times we did some things not so well and unfortunately the not-so-well things came at big moments in the game.”

Despite the loss, Jeffery said the team’s confidence is at a high point heading into the postseason.

“From where we started to where we’re at right now, we’re a lot better and I can see that the girls believe that and they’re confidence level is up,” said Jeffery.

Payton Martinez led RFHS defensively with 36 digs. Faith Ngo followed with 21 digs.

Kaylee Howell led RFHS in blocks with four. Kaylee Skinner recorded three blocks.

Howell led RFHS offensively with 13 kills and three service aces. Ngo followed with seven kills.

Sohpia Byrom led RFHS in assists with 16. Mikayla Molina followed with 12 assists.

RFHS’ first opponent in the Bi-District round was undetermined at time of press deadline.

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