Lady Deer forced into rare four-game en route to defeating Dobie


On a typical district volleyball night, when the Deer Park High School varsity volleyball team leaves a gymnasium with one of their typical 3-0 wins, they make two moves to the adjacent bench .

But on Tuesday night on Deer Park High School’s North Campus, fans watched the very rare sight of Lady Deer standing up and making three trips to a new bench.

Three trips meant there was a loss, something rival Dobie accomplished in Game 2, before first-place Lady Deer won an important 25-17, 20-25, 25-16 triumph , 25-20 District 22-6A. .

OK, so it wasn’t the greatest of wins, but it still lifted Deer Park to a flawless 7-0 as the club started Round II, while Dobie slips to 4-3 and into an eventual tie for third place with Pasadena if the Lady Eagles beat South Houston.

If Sam Rayburn lost to Memorial, Deer Park’s magic number to clinch a new playoff berth would be reduced to one.

In what was to be the first four-game game for a Deer Park team in five or more years, Lady Deer still had too much firepower to limit the damage. Dobie was simply scrappy, going to balls for digs they probably wouldn’t have had in their Tour I contest. They also only had five service errors to Deer Park’s eight.

“Their serve was phenomenal. We needed them for the playoffs. We haven’t seen a Game 4 in a while so we needed them. One of our starting midfielders is injured which gave a good luck to everyone. I have nothing but good things to say about Dobie and the way they shoved and cheered. They were great teammates for each other. It was good to play against someone like that,” Deer Park head coach Cortni Cox said.

“Coming in we always know they’re going to put on a great program and we always know it’s going to be a fight. From the last time we faced them until this time I think we’ve improved in a lot of things. areas. We trust each other more. We just have to attack. You have to chase people. They’re going to chase you, so you have to chase them,” Dobie head coach Dawn Sexton said.

It got quite interesting in Game 4 when the two teams were tied at 15-15. But two possessions later, a kill from Cayley Hanson and a tip from Belle Fields created a three lead. Then came a Hanson block, a Hanson kill, a Hanson ace service for the 24th point and an Ella Gilbert kill to finish the Longhorns.

Dobie’s best in Game 4 saw the team overcome a 6-4 deficit by scoring five of the next six points. All points were due to Deer Park’s struggles, including two attempts to kill Tatum Busch that sailed wide, plus Deer Park’s eighth serve error.

The night started off as another sweep of Deer Park. The ref in the tower kept calling penalties on Dobie and before the visitors knew it, they were down 10-1. But Dobie beat Deer Park 16-15 the rest of the way and the battle began.

This Game 2 battle was tied at 13-13 after a Mycah Whittemore kill. of the Deer Park Arsenal. But then Dobie struck with four straight runs, the last two off Arriana Borrego’s service aces, forcing a stag-rushed timeout. When the two teams exchanged points for a short while, it was too late for a rally at Deer Park.

Two runs credited to Alex Gonzalez created a six-point lead, before a brief Lady Deer rally pulled the team to 24-20, before another Deer hitting the sleeve tied the game at one game apiece.

The win was great for Dobie, but the Lady Longhorns knew they had to build a lead. Those plans fell through when Deer Park scored seven straight points in Game 3. Hanson’s block made it 10-2 and his field-scorching missile made it 11-3. Dobie would come within five at 21-16 but no closer.

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