The Sealy Tigers volleyball team saw its seven-match win streak snapped against Needville in a match that was moved to Sealy on Friday, Sept. 15.
The match was moved to Sealy earlier in the week and Sealy will play at Needville when the two teams rematch on Oct. 10.
The team struggled to find its offense in the first set losing 14-25 but played the next two close. The Tigers would lose the second set 21-25 and the third 22-25. Coach Kimberly Svien said one of the main focuses the team has in terms of improving is on the defense.
“We strive to improve our coverage on defense each day,” Svien said. “We also have to be able to play big against taller teams.”
It was the Tigers’ first loss since Aug. 24 against Friendswood that managed Sealy to move past its slow start to the season in early August. Svien said the key to the win streak was playing together as a team.
“The girls are communicating well and playing as one unit,” Svien said.
Svien’s first year as a head coach is going well but she said the challenge she wasn’t expecting was her students balancing schoolwork with the team given their academic success.
“The challenges that I've seen, that many players experience, is the exhaustion from returning to school,” Svien said. “Many of our players are dual and AP students with a large amount of homework.”
As for who was standing out on the team, Svien said the team as a whole takes on responsibilities well and their success comes as a single unit rather than individual performances.
Although she did say it was the team leaders that were largely responsible for the team’s progression in terms of maturity throughout the season.
“The team continues to push each other every day,” Svien said. “The leaders often give advice to our newer Varsity members on placement and what they have been successful doing.”
The team’s next match will be Friday, Sept. 29 against Columbus at home.