All Saints volleyball coach Cristy O’Bannon said her young team is striving for more consistency, that they’re on a rollercoaster.
The Lady Trojans had their ups and downs Thursday, but if their 25-12, 25-23, 25-15 sweep of T.K. Gorman is any indication, O’Bannon may be in for a fun ride.
“I felt at times we played very strong offensively,” O’Bannon said. “We just kind of lost our focus in the second set but we came back in the third set and played really well and put it all back together.”
All Saints (12-7, 2-0 TAPPS 2-4A) used a 15-4 spurt to close out Game 1. The Lady Trojans led the second game 15-7 before the Lady Crusaders (12-12, 0-2) rallied to within 19-18. But Gorman couldn’t complete the rally.
In Game 3, the Lady Trojans took 6-0 and 8-1 leads but three kills from TKG junior Susannah Williams helped the Lady Crusaders tie it at 10. However Gorman recorded five more points the rest of the match.
Senior Kaitlyn Huskey finished the match with a powerful kill, her fifth of the evening.
“It’s a very young team so they’re kind of on a rollercoaster sometimes,” O’Bannon said. “So that was a huge aspect of our game coming into tonight was just to play very consistent and I think that we did that better than we’ve ever done.
“I think coming back in the third set, playing as strong as we did and finishing it on such a nice hit kind of just sealed how strong we can be offensively this year.”
The Lady Crusaders were paced by seven kills from Williams and four kills and five blocks from Maddie Raney. Kelly O’Neill and Michelle Breedlove had eight digs apiece. O’Neill added two aces.
All Saints’ sophomore setter Maddie Smith doled out 25 assists to four different hitters. Junior Katrina Kastmo tallied 11 kills, eight blocks, three aces and five digs. Sophomores Madeline Wynne and Lanna Johnson had seven and four kills, respectively.
“We have so many different hitters that I think our setter really moved the ball around well,” O’Bannon said. “I think just being able to move the ball around by our setter is key for us because we have four offensive threats and we used all four of them tonight and I think that’s what helped us.”
Gorman will host Dallas Christian on Tuesday for its TAPPS 2-4A home opener. All Saints hits the road to face Dallas First Baptist on Tuesday, looking to move to 3-0.
“I think it’s a great start and I think it’s going to help boost us into next week,” O’Bannon said. “Confidence-wise, it’s what we needed to start our season off.”