posted Sep 21, 2015, 10:08 PM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated May 13, 2016, 2:37 PM ]
The Chicks traveled south this weekend to Clear Lake for their second tournament of the season. They have played a lot of volleyball in a very short time, which may have accounted for the somewhat sluggish start against Brazoswood Saturday morning.  After missing a few serves, and getting caught on their heels a couple of times, the Cardinals really started playing as a team.  Chancellor Deal spread the ball around, and every front row player marked down at least one kill.  They had no answer for Alyss Kerl, as she ended the match with 8 kills. Strong serving by Kaitlyn Altamirano and Sydney Wallace, and calm, cool, and collected defensive play by Breanna Henry sealed the (25-17, 25-22) win over Brazoswood; sending The Chicks into the top 8.
The Cardinals matched up with Coach Tomlinson’s alma mater – Stratford – in the second match of the day; pulling out a close (25-22) victory in game one.  Sydney Wallace put the ball where Stratford was not, and game one was in the bag.  Game two started out slow; but, we regained some of our momentum when Kaitlyn Altamirano got behind the serving line.  Game two saw a lot of hustle out of the Cardinals, but they dropped game two (20-25). Game three started out the same way as game two. The Chicks could not find their rhythm, and too many unforced errors serving and communication sealed a 15-25 loss to the Spartans.  It was particularly stinging for Coach Tomlinson as her former teammate is the head coach for the Spartans.
Bellaire then moved over to Space Center Intermediate School for the next match.  A new venue seemed just what the players needed, as they came out ready to win.  Although the Chicks committed six unforced serving errors in the first set, Aria D’Amico and Alyss Kerl shored up the team from the the serving line, sending Manvel bullets they just couldn’t handle.  Strong defense by Carola Aisenberg, Kaitlyn Altamirano, Breanna Henry, Aria D'Amico, and Erin Stauss allowed the Cardinals to take the first set (25-17).  Game two looked like two completely different teams on both sides of the net.  The Cardinal Chicks got stuck in serve receive; digging into a deep (6-20) hole. The Cardinals Chicks are exciting because they fight and never give up.  The freshmen fought back; scoreing 11 points to their 5, but it wasn’t enough to take the match.  The Cardinals had something to prove in game three, and held Manvel to only 15 points. Kills by Courtney Lathan, Jada Lanier, Alyss Kerl, Sydney Wallace, and Libby Perez left the girls running over to court three for the last match of the day.
Clear Creek was our last match of the day, and took the floor with a mindset to avenge their earlier loss. They had our number, though game one saw Bellaire on top until the very end.  Blocking was the strong suit for the Cardinals in this game, as Jada Lanier Chancellor Deal, Alyss Kerl, and Sydney Wallace each registered a blocks.  It wasn’t enough to take down the Wildcats, though Libby Perez and Aria D’Amico once again controlled the serving line.  Game two was all Clear Creek, as fatigue set in with the Cardinals Chicks.  Unforced errors made it hard to find the court. The Cardinals fell to Clear Creek 19-25, 15-25.

The Clear Lake Tournament is one of the toughest tournaments in Houston.  Teams go their to win and get better.  Freshmen are learning so many lessons and they are getting better.  Congratulations on a solid outing in Clear Lake!