Despite dropping the opening set of a non-district battle with the Giddings Buffaloes last Tuesday, the Sealy Lady Tiger volleyball squad bounced back at home and walked away with a 3-1 win.
Set one went in favor of Giddings, 25-23, but Sealy started the second set on a 15-7 advantage before the Lady Buffaloes used a timeout. Although they mounted a comeback, set two finished with the Lady Tigers in front, 25-18.
Toward the end of the third set, Giddings held a 21-17 lead, forcing Sealy head coach Kim Boyd to use a timeout to rally the troops. Her squad went on to score the next four points and sat on the verge of ending things there but a Lady Buffaloes rally tied the score at 24. The Lady Tigers responded by grabbing the next two points, the final one on a service-reception miscue, to take a 2-1 set lead.
The hosts played from behind for the beginning of the fourth match but continued to wear down the opponent and eventually took the fourth and final set by a 25-20 score to notch another win on home court with plenty of the support coming from the bench.
“I always tell them that the loud, exciting team is the intimidating team,” Boyd said of the noise level in the gym. “When they bring the energy on the bench and they bring the energy on the court, they significantly play different. If they are going to sit there and act like they’re tired and defeated they’re going to get picked on so we don’t show that.”
One player that had been providing a lot of that bench support got a piece of good news that allowed her to return to play, although Boyd added they’re still taking it slow.
“We got the call (Monday) around 2 or 3 and we’re all very excited to have our returning stud setter back but we’re not going to overdo it we want to be sure she’s really 100% before we really bring her back,” Boyd said of sophomore Breanna Brandes. “Once that happens, she’s going to be a threat.”