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Lady Bears fall in district opening game


After dropping the district opener to Yoakum, and then a non-district match to La Grange last week, it’s clear that the Lady Bear volleyball team is still struggling to find its way.

La Vernia played host to Yoakum to begin District 26-4A competition, and the Lady Bulldogs earned the match win in four games.

The Lady Bears started quite slowly, and Yoakum took advantage. The Lady Bulldogs ran away with the first game to easily win 25-13. The Lady Bears battled back in the second, though, and tied the match with a 25-20 victory.

The third game of the match was a bit more even keel, but the Lady Bulldogs won the race to 25, as La Vernia hung 19 on the board. Yoakum and La Vernia battled closely during the fourth game, but the Lady Bulldogs eventually pulled out the win in the closest game of the match at 25-22.

Ashley Frederick led the Lady Bear attack with 11 kills, and Mackinley Zimmerle was a strong presence at the net with 5-1/2 blocks. There were several strong efforts during the match, but the end result was a loss.

Last Friday, the Lady Bears traveled to La Grange and took on the Leopards ahead of the big football game. La Vernia came out strong and won the first game by the score of 25-21, but then dropped the second game by the score of 25-20.

The third game was a true battle, as teams couldn’t settle things at 25 points. They played into extra points, but the Leopards outlasted the Lady Bears to win 29-27. The loss was a let down for the Lady Bears, and La Grange rolled to a 25-18 victory.

Hayli Verrips tallied 18 kills in the loss, while Frederick and Christa Reyes each earned 13 kills. Audrey Mayes had 16 assists and two aces, Reyes and Morgan Burns each had 14 digs, and Madyson Gregory led the team in blocks with 2-1/2.

The Lady Bears were scheduled to host Gonzales on Sept. 16, and will be at Navarro this Friday, Sept. 19, to take on the Lady Panthers.


Yoakum def. La Vernia, 25-13, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22.

Lady Bears: Kills: Ashley Frederick-11, Hayli Verrips-9. Assists: Audrey Mayes-24, Morgan Burns-20. Aces: Paige Vajdos-2, Dear-1, Burns-1. Digs: Christa Reyes-18, Alisen Saenz-15. Blocks: Mackinley Zimmerle-5.5, Madyson Gregory-4, Verrips-2. District Record: 0-1.

La Grange def. La Vernia, 21-25, 25-20, 29-27, 25-18.

Lady Bears: Kills: Hayli Verrips-18, Ashley Frederick-13, Christa Reyes-13. Assists: Audrey Mayes-16, Morgan Burns-13. Aces: Mayes-2, Alisen Saenz-1, Reyes-1. Digs: Reyes-14, Burns-14, Kiersten Muenster-13. Blocks: Madyson Gregory-2.5, Kim De La Torre-2, Mackinley Zimmerle-1, Caitlin Kee-1, Verrips-1. Overall Record: 7-21.

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