With two games left and no worse than a third-place finish secured, the Sealy Lady Tiger volleyball team will look to close things out on a positive note going into another postseason.
Entering this week of play, Sealy sat with a 6-3 record within District 25-4A behind Fulshear (9-0) and Needville (8-1) but ahead of Royal (2-5), El Campo (1-5), Wharton (1-5) and Stafford (0-8).
Last week, the Lady Tigers dropped a back-and-forth affair with the second-place Blue Jays before having an open end to the week which was occupied with a trip to the University of Houston to visit with their volleyball club and pick the minds of those who have shown what it takes to be successful.
“We’re going to Houston to see what they’re doing because they’re doing it right, hopefully that will motivate them for some of the big teams that are to come,” head coach Kim Boyd explained of the Lady Cougar squad that owns a 7-1 record in American Athletic Conference play with the lone loss coming in the most recent match with the Cincinnati Bearcats on Oct. 20.
Remaining on the schedule are the two closest teams behind Sealy in El Campo and Royal, both of which will be away games for the Lady Tigers to wrap up the regular season and lock in a playoff picture that could draw up a county rivalry in the first round.
Bellville entered this week 6-1 in District 26 play, right behind Caldwell at 7-0 and ahead of La Grange at 3-4 and if the Brahmanettes remain the second seed from that district, that would draw District 25’s third seed for the bi-district round, Sealy.
The Lady Tigers have not squared off with the in-county rivals yet this year but hosted the Caldwell Lady Hornets, who checked in at No. 2 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll this week, in August and came close to taking a set which has proved to be difficult this year.
Caldwell had dropped only one set in district play entering this week; a 25-22 decision in the opening set of its contest with Bellville. Sealy scored 18, 19 and 22 points in the three sets against the Lady Hornets when they played.