After losing their district opener to Jewett Leon, the Crockett Lady Bulldogs bounced back with a three-game sweep over Onalaska at home on Tuesday, Sept. 16.
All three decisions went down to the wire, but the Lady Dogs prevailed 25-23, 25-23, 26-24.
"We came out with momentum in the first game and battled them to the finish. In the second game we made a couple of mental mistakes. We started off by receiving, but broke the serve and kept rolling," said Lady Dogs head coach TaNesiah Johnson.
In Game 3, Crockett came out sizzling and jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Onalaska seized the momentum with a 10-0 run before the Lady Dogs regained control.
"They passed us up, but we dug deep. We had to dig deep. We were in the spots we were supposed to be and we started talking. As long as we hit the ball, we're good. We just have to get a good pass, which leads to a good set, which leads to a hit. So as long as we're attacking the net, we're good.
"We just can't let the other team dictate our game. And tonight it was an awesome game because we won," Johnson added.
Onalaska also came into the game looking for its first district win after losing its opener to Westwood in five games.
"This continues our winning streak at home. We're 5-0 in the dome," said Johnson. "I was definitely proud of these girls. We've been practicing for this all week. Practice makes perfect, and of course there's always room for more improvement. But I'm proud of them. We're looking awesome and better and better every day."
"I'm loving our intensity and enthusiasm, and I just hope we continue to build momentum from here.
The Lady Dogs play their next two games on the road, traveling to Westwood on Friday, Sept. 19 and then to New Waverly on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
The District 21-3A race got underway Friday, Sept. 12 with Crockett traveling to Jewett Leon, a traditionally strong volleyball team. Leon swept the match 10-25, 6-25, 9-25.
"I thought we had an awesome game. We played as a team, we hustled and we worked really hard," said Coach Johnson.
"But unfortunately, someone has to lose and it was us. We played against a really good team, they are ranked in the state and they have had multiple state championships," the coach continued. "But I told the girls that we (coaches) were pleased. They did everything we asked, and basically all that they could do. But even though the outcome wasn't in our favor, I am still pleased the girls brought intensity, enthusiasm, and hard work! What more could I ask for?"