After missing two games due to Harvey, the Sealy volleyball team got the season underway again against La Grange High School on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The Tigers looked like they didn’t miss a step as they swept La Grange in three sets. After narrowly defeating the Leopards in a tight first set 26-24, the Tigers pulled away in two equally close sets to finish the match.
Senior Madison Luther was a key player for Sealy in the match finishing first on the team in kills and second in blocks, assists, aces and digs.
The Tigers went on to play Giddings on Sept. 8 in their third-to-last non-district game. The Tigers extended their season record to 17-7 with a win over Giddings. The Tigers almost managed to pull off another sweep winning the first two sets but lost the third 26-28.
Sealy quickly dismissed the Buffaloes in the fourth set 25-18. The Tigers will play at El Campo on Sept. 15 to close out their non-district schedule and will play Bellville on Sept. 26 to open up district play.
As for the two games Sealy missed due to the weather, she said with district play beginning in just a few weeks, it is difficult to make them up.
“If a game is canceled, usually we want it to be rescheduled a day or two later,” Svien said. “So it’s not ideal but I don’t think we’ll be able to reschedule those games.”
The long absence from the court is an interesting challenge for the first-year head coach. Especially because many of the other schools didn’t have to take as much time off of school than Sealy did.
“Other schools had a week or more so more work than us,” Svien said. “So we really had to go into practice with the attitude of ‘it’s day one and we need to be caught up.’”
While no one on the team was heavily affected by the storm, Svien said many of the athletes had to go out and help family members who were hit harder. The team remained in constant contact with each other, including checking up on Svien, who lives closer to Houston.
“They really cared for each other and made sure everyone was safe,” Svien said. “I’m really proud of the way they handled everything.”
With very little preparation time heading into the Tigers’ final three matches before district play begins, Svien said the team has a slight advantage since they have played Giddings and LaGrange.
“We’re lucky that we played those two schools earlier in the season so we’re a little familiar with them,” Svien said. “So while we haven’t had a lot of time to prep, we still know what to expect.”
With the two wins since their season has resumed, it seems as though the Sealy Tigers volleyball team is picking up right where they left off heading into district play.