The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate volleyball team fought a tough opponent in the La Vernia (LV) Lady Bears and lost in three sets, 25-14, 25-11, and 25-12, Thursday, Nov. 7 in Cuero.
RFHS will end its season with a 28-14 overall record after a second place finish in District 31-4A.
The Lady Pirates struggled to string together points and were usually on the losing end of tough rallies against LV.
“We knew we were playing a really good team. We’d seen a lot of film on them and remember them from last year,” said RFHS Head Volleyball Coach Jessica Clark. “They’re a very good team. We prepared like we should, but we never could find our rhythm and couldn’t pass the ball as well as we should’ve to get out offense going.”
In set one, LV jumped out to a big lead early and sustained it throughout to take set one 25-14.
In set two, RFHS struggled to get anything past LV’s frontcourt as many kill attempts were blocked back into RFHS’ side of the court. LV’s frontcourt was also precise in hitting shots to areas where a Lady Pirate wasn’t there to dig it out.
Jackie Simmonds and Kaylee Howell each got a kill toward the end of the set, however LV continued its strong run to the end to take it 25-11.
In set three, RFHS played LV close through the first five points, however LV soon pulled away and generated a large lead.
RFHS then fought back and played its best portion of the game defensively with digs by Allie Manson, Emily Resendez, and Faith Ngo. After a Howell kill, RFHS brought the game to within six at 15-9.
“We started to play a little bit more relaxed at the beginning of that third set, but by that time it was too late,” said Clark.
However, LV took control of the game again and played strong throughout the rest of the set, finishing with the win 25-12.
Howell led RFHS in kills with nine. Manson followed with five.
Molly Frost led RFHS in assists with 13.
Manson, Frost, and Simmonds each had one block.
Resendez led RFHS in digs with 10.
The Lady Pirates will lose a large portion of its varsity squad with seven seniors departing at the conclusion of the 2019 season, three of whom were three-year starters for the program.
“We’re losing a lot of seniors that have been through a whole lot. They were the girls that were young, the sophomores on varsity when Hurricane Harvey hit; they’ve been through a lot together,” said Clark. “They’re such good athletes and good kids. I’m so proud of everything they’ve done and I know they’re going to continue doing great things in the future.”