Eight kills from senior Ryann Torres propelled the Hays Rebels to a 25-3, 25-17, 25-13 sweep of the Lehman Lobos Tuesday at Bales Gym.
With the result, Hays (20-16, 6-0) increases its win streak to seven straight matches as the midpoint of the district slate nears. It also marks the first time since the 2008 season the Rebels have opened district play with six straight victories.
Hays wasted little time controlling play in the first frame, building an initial 9-0 lead and never looking back. Aiding that cause were seniors Reagan Casey and Sydney Collins, who both scored seven kills in the match.
But the Lobos recovered and battled right back in the latter two frames. Key plays from Trinity Simmons, Teanly Dominguez and Ariana Sanchez allowed the Lobos to match the Rebels point-for-point at times.
Lobo head coach Karen Young said an improved mentality, as well as better team defense and passing, played a vital role.
Hays head coach Ashley Davis said cleaning up errors and having players settle down allowed Hays to close the win.
Finding consistency is what Young hopes the Lobos can find as they continue through district play. Despite a slow start, Young said Lehman is in a “good spot.”
Even with the strong start, Davis said the team is focusing on the next match at-hand.
“It’s a nice feeling to be the only team that hasn’t taken a loss yet. We’ve just grinded to get there,” Davis said. “There’s been some close matches. I’m grateful for it. We’re keeping our head on the next game.”