Bellaire Sweeps Katy Taylor

posted Nov 5, 2014, 11:43 AM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated Jan 25, 2015, 2:30 PM ]
Last night, the mighty Lady Cardinals did it again!  This time, it was the Katy Taylor Mustangs who were overwhelmed by Bellaire's quick attacks and defense.  In another three set sweep, the Bellaire Lady Cardinals extended their unprecedented win streak to 51 consecutive sets and 17 match sweeps.  The last time the Cards dropped a set was all the way back to August 26th, the second day of school.

But, this competition was very different from the district season.  The speed and pace of execution within the game was so much faster than the Cardinals have experienced recently.  An undersized Katy Taylor team played smart and played fast; leading Bellaire for most of the first set.  The Mustangs moved the ball quickly from point to point; making quick attacks, setter dumps and tips which kept the Cardinals out of system, passing poorly and making hitting errors.  The undersized front row of Katy Taylor was able to effectively target Bellaire setter, Megan Evans, to force her in making the first touch.  About halfway through the first set, Coach Clarke called a time out and pressed her Lady Cardinals to speed things up and eliminate the passing and hitting errors. The Cards quickened the pace, improved their passing and converted attacks into kills.  Middle Blocker Maya Evans led the team with 15 kills.  Sundara Chinn, added 10 kills of her own with several coming at momentum changing moments.  Behind the line, the Cardinals performed well; missing only 2 services in the match. 

For the first time in nearly two months. the Cardinals were competitively pressed; but, overcame Katy Taylor's challenge in a three set sweep of the Mustangs, 26-24, 25-17, 25-17.  When Coach Clarke was asked about the match, "I thought we started too tight.  We made them look better than they are.  We had too many passing and hitting errors to win games.  I thought we finished stronger and I am very happy for that."

Next Up for the Cardinals
The win over Katy Taylor has the Cards set to play a Mustangs of a different color: District 17-6A co-district champ, Cy-Ranch.  At 6 pm Thursday night, Bellaire will take the floor at Cy-Ranch High School in what may be the most unfriendly gym they've entered this season.  With only 2 losses to rival Cy-Falls, the Cy-Ranch Mustangs have crushed all the other District 19 opponents; typically in three sets.  The Mustangs look to be Bellaire High's most difficult challenge this season.

Other 20-6A  Action
In bi-district competition, the other three teams from District 20-6A were quickly exited from the playoffs by 3 set sweeps.  Fourth place finisher, Carnegie Vanguard averaged only 10 points per set; losing their match to Cinco Ranch; 25-13, 25-9, 25-8.  Finishing third in 20-6A, Westside could only muster 27 points in straight set losses to Seven Lakes; 25-10, 25-10, 25-7.  The Lamar Texans, who lost only to Bellaire in their 2014 district campaign, failed to win a set against Katy, 25-21, 25-14, 25-9.  Although volleyball players are athletically comparable across 6A districts; advancing out of the first rounds of competition, requires teams to execute sophisticated offenses and defenses at much greater speeds. 

In 2014, Bellaire High will be the only team advancing in the playoffs from District 20-6A.

Go Cardinals!