Lamar High School Recap

posted Oct 17, 2014, 9:27 AM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated Jan 25, 2015, 2:15 PM ]
#BeatLamar... and that is exactly what happened. 

Lamar visited Bellaire High Tuesday night and the Texans left without much to smile about.

Coach Tomlinson would like her freshmen Cardinals to recognize when it's time to play.  She said "Game time was 5:30pm; but, my freshmen must not have received the memo, as it took about an hour to wake up and start playing their game."

In the first set, Bellaire battled through a series of mental errors – missed serves, miscommunication and hesitation; things that haven’t been an issue since the very beginning of the season. The confusion on the court quickly dug Bellaire into a 2-8 hole.  Fighting a deficit the entire set, the Lady Cards climbed back; but, never fully recovered.  Thanks to strong front row play by Toni Lott, Jaylynn Nunn, and Avery Von Eiff, the Cards fell short by the narrowest of margins in a 24-26 extra point loss. Coach Tomlinson commented on the first set: "It wasn’t until about point 20 when the girls really started to show some heart."

Midway through the second set, Coach Tomlinson called timeout after Lamar pulled ahead 12-17.  Time was running out.  The freshmen returned to the floor with a new focus.  Megan Hafer command the serving line, Codi Fillmore put the ball down where the Texans were not while Sydney Sizemore, Erin Eby and Nadia Rasheed held down the back row.  In another overtime effort, Mikaela Medina served the Cardinals to a second set victory 26-24.

Bellaire came out on fire in the third set and created a nice lead before Lamar slowly chipped it away.  Then it was time; again.  Madelyn Montgomery came through with some big kills and Megan Hafer made some great saves out of tight passes at the net.  Codi Fillmore showed some incredible hustle and Annika Bohmann and Aryel Odomes made big blocks. Like the previous two sets, the tie-breaker set played to 15 needed extra time.  And, it was the Cardinals who won the third set 30-28. And it was the Cardinals who won the rivalry this time.

In a match that lasted almost two hours, these freshman time and time again "showed a lot of heart and passion." said Tomlinson. When asked about the deep rivalry between Bellaire and Lamar, Coach Tomlinson said; "this may have been the most exciting match I have ever been a part of; and I have been a part of some intense rivalry games, the Bellaire Lady Cardinal freshman team came away with a great district win.  No ball hit the floor without some sort of effort and I think some of the girls even surprised themselves with how well they played."

When it comes to her JV Lady Cardinals, Coach Martin doesn't like close.  She doesn't like exciting volleyball either.  And after watching the overtime freshmen win, her JV team did more than just #BEATLamar, they completely dominated the Texans on Maple Street.  The Lady Cardinals JV squad was all business in rolling to an easy first set win over the Texans JV team 25-7.  Although the Lamar Texans doubled the points earned in the first set to 14, the Cardinals swept the Lamar Texans right out of the gym for the second time this season.  The JV Cardinals were not about to let things get exciting.  Libby Lorenz had 4 assists, 6 digs and 2 aces to lead the Cardinal onslaught.  Rachel Nolte added 5 assists and 4 digs with Gianna Haskin and Makenzie McDonald contributed 6 digs and 5 digs respectively.  The Cardinal air attack was led by Lilly Kirkland with 5 kills/4 digs, McKenna Compton had 4 kills and freshman Makenli Raspberry delivered 3 kills.  The home team did very well Tuesday night against an upstart Lamar team.

The Varsity Lady Cardinals were fired up for their second competition with rival Lamar High School.  The Cardinals entered the match undefeated in District 20 and on top of the standings. Lamar's only blemish in district play was the three set swept suffered at the hands of Bellaire earlier in the season.  A win by the Texans would create a tie on top of District 20.  A Texans loss would separate Bellaire High at the top of the standings and return the Cardinals back to reign over District 20.  With plenty on the line for both teams, Butler gym Tuesday night was filled with excitement and a vocal crowd to start the nightcap game.

Players understood a district championship was on the line and the overly anxious Cardinals played very aggressive ball.  Lamar started out very strong as well; trading points with Bellaire early in the match.  But, the Cardinals finished stronger; taking the first set 25-13.  The second set, the Cardinals kept Lamar out of system for most of the set.  Rarely were the Cards asked to defend more than free ball.  The Lady Cardinals crushed the Texans in the second set 25-10 with great serving, hustle and focus.  Bellaire had taken the momentum and another three set sweep of Lamar seemed all but assured.  Momentum in volleyball is there for who wants it and can change everything.  The Texans came out in the third set strong; delivering the single most challenging district set the Cardinals have played this season.  The Texans put up 19 points in a failed attempt to avoid being swept by the Cardinals for a second time this season.  Sundara Chinn led Bellaire with 8 kills and provided a much needed lift at key times.  The Lady Cardinals owned the net again; tallying 8 stuff blocks.  Bellaire proved sweeping Lamar last time was no fluke and separated themselves onto a different level at the very top of District 20.

After the match Coach Clarke commented, "I thought we got off to a slow start in games 1 and 2 but picked up our game to control the match."

Cards, Keep On Sweeping!