The 2019 volleyball season is very young, only one match to be exact, and Xavier Prep coach Lamar-Renee Bryant liked some of the things she was seeing in a 3-0 road victory over Mesa Mountain View on Tuesday night (Sept. 3).
But Bryant also
needs to hear more from her
two-time defending 6A Conference state champions, particularly since there are
seven new players who have little or no varsity experience.
is very important.
“I need to
hear six voices out there,’’ she said, about halfway through what would be the
decisive third game.
were 25-21, 25-15 and 25-18.
say it was a great win, but it was exciting because it was our first one,’’
pleased with our serving, our set distribution and overall team chemistry. It
is on the way.’’
A victory in
the opener certainly can help build confidence. The Gators will need it on
Friday (Sept. 6) and Saturday (Sept. 7) when they play at Chandler High in the
House of Payne tournament, which features many of the top teams in the state.
Xavier is expected to play three matches on the first day, with Saturday’s
agenda becoming known after that time.
View jumped to a 5-1 lead in the first game, but Xavier did not allow things to
get out of hand. The Toros did not help themselves with a number of service
middle blocker Jasmine Knight put the finishing touches on the first game with
a powerful kill shot.
second game, Xavier was pretty much in control from start to finish. Senior
outside hitter Juli Westfall provided some power of her own.
And in the
third game, senior outside hitter Bri McKnight came up with some big swings,
showing why she has been listed as one of the top 10 players for the new season
by the azcentral.com media outlet.
Abby Converse had a solid defensive effort, and sophomore Alexa Shiner looked
promising as she makes a bid to become the Gators’ top setter.