In the latest edition of the hometown rivalry between Hays High School and Lehman High School, the Lady Lobo volleyball team hosted the Lady Rebels for a district match-up. The meeting was the first of the season between the two squads. The visiting Rebels came in 16-16, and the Lady Lobos sat at 9-19.
Hays got off to a hot start in set one. The combination of junior Ryann Torres, sophomore Madelyn Krafka, and senior Jamie Agnew came out of the gates firing. Torres racked up eight assists and three kills in the first set. Agnew and Krafka both finished with four kills and the visiting Rebels took set one 25 to 8.
Set two started off much more competitively than the first, with Lehman jumping out to a 7-5 lead early. Lehman junior Trinity Simmons collected 3 kills to propel her squad to an early lead. Despite the push however, Hays got back into a rhythm and dominated set two the rest of the way, winning it 25 to 11. Agnew added four more kills and Freshman Joselyn Roberson nailed three service aces.
Set three was all Lady Rebels from start to finish. Hays continued its assault from the service line, with senior Kayla Tello adding three more aces to the team’s total. Hays finished with 16 service aces on the day and came away victorious in set three with a 25 to 12 victory. Lehman found production from Junior Olivia Scheibmeir who recorded two blocks in the final set, and senior Lauren Lara, who added a service ace of her own as well as a pair of kills.
Torres finished with 18 assists and seven kills on the night, as she continued her steady presence for the Lady Rebels. Senior Catherine Croft finished with 10 kills, as well as two blocks on the defensive side. Agnew tallied 8 kills, and Krafka finished with 5 kills.
Hays Head Coach Stephanie Coates came away pleased with her team’s performance and believes her now 17-16 squad is in good shape for the second half of district play.
“We were able to work on some things that we felt we needed to have in place going forward,” Coates said. “I still think we could have run the court a little bit faster with more effort, but other than that, we had a solid win.”
Coates and her now 17-16 Lady Rebel Squad will be back in their own gym this Friday, where they will play host to Anderson High School. As for the 9-20 Lady Lobos, Lehman will hit the road to take on Richards School for Young Women Leaders Friday.