The Sealy volleyball team has formed a sort of early-season rivalry against the Schulenburg Lady Horns. The two schools have faced off three times previously in August with the fourth match being hosted by Sealy on Aug. 22.
The Tigers entered the match with a 1-2 record against Schulenburg including a loss in the third place game in the Columbus Varsity Classic tournament and another in Schulenburg’s own tournament.
The loss was one of the few down points of what was a hugely successful run for the Lady Tigers in Schulenburg. Coach Kimberly Svien said it only provided the team with more motivation heading into the next match
“Most certainly, they are a good volleyball team and our girls always want to rise to the challenge,” Svien said.
The match started off with a back-and-forth first set through the first 20 points with Schulenburg pulling away to win the first set. The second set was much more dramatic as Sealy quickly fell behind 19-10 before rallying to tie it up 19 all.
The teams again traded blows eventually both being tied once again at 25. Schulenburg managed to put together two successful volleys to win the set 27-25 and going ahead 2-0 in the match.
For Svien, this was a key point in the match for the Lady Tigers as the team’s mindset when down was one of the things the first-year coach focused on after their 5-5 record to start the season.
Svien said it was the team’s successful run in the tournament that helped fix that mindset.
“Yes they improved in that area,” Svien said. “Multiple times in the tournament the girls had to fight from behind. We continually try and build that mental toughness in our drills at home.”
The drills paid off as the Lady Tigers rallied back to win the next two sets 25-14 and 25-18. The final set was yet another nail biter as the teams remained deadlocked all the way to the 15-point goal.
Sealy eventually pulled away to win the set 17-15 and the match 3-2. It brought the Lady Tigers’ record to 13-6 on the season and 2-2 agains the Lady Horns.
The two teams will not see each other for the rest of the season but the possibility for a postseason matchup is still possible.
Svien pointed to senior Madison Luther as a continued source of leadership and production on the court for the Lady Tigers.
“She has really stepped up [with] continual motivation on and off the court really help out her teammates,” Svien said. “She also knows the game and sees the court well.”
Sealy lost their previous game against Friendswood in two sets to bring their record to 13-7. The rest of the George Ranch Varsity Tournament was cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey.
Looking ahead, Svien said she wants to the Lady Tigers to focus on communication during the match and remaining consistent in their play from set to set.
Sealy was supposed to play in the George Ranch Varsity Tournament last weekend but it was cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey. The team’s has one more game in August then they begin September play on the 1st against Brazos on the road.