Every spike, block and ace became a yell fest by celebrating Longview players Tuesday night at REL Varsity Gymnasium.
A more subdued Robert E. Lee showed its emotion at the end of the match —after completing a 3-0 win.
The Lady Raiders (28-10, 7-2) completed a series sweep of their District 12-5A rivals, 25-20, 25-20, 25-14. The victory kept REL in at least a tie for second place in the league standings while Longview dropped to 1-7.
"You just have to ignore all of that (yelling) and know you are going to win," said Lee senior setter Chelsea Geter, who finished with 11 assists.
"We're seniors so we've been together a lot and know each other a lot, so it's easier when you have that chemistry with the girls you play with to play hard and play well."
REL senior Mallory Kuechle led all players with 10 kills while fellow seniors Alexis Crowder and Jaina Giddens tallied eight and five kills, respectively. Senior setter Melissa Menard finished with 17 assists and sophomore Taylor Winchester had 13 digs.
"It annoyed them more than anything," REL coach Melissa Lee said about the exuberance shown by Longview. "They are just learning to cope better and get more confidence and just getting better overall."
Longview was led offensively in the loss by sophomore Halee Brewer (seven kills, two blocks) and senior Jonae Thompson (seven kills, two aces). Freshman Kaitlyn Adams added five kills and one solo block. Senior setter A'Kia Mumphrey had 19 assists.
Longview scored consecutive points on service aces from Thompson to get the Lady Lobos going in the opening set, but slow and steady Lee continued to dig up spikes until Longview made a mistake.
Those errors enabled REL to go in front 12-7. The set see-sawed back and forth with Longview pulling as close as one point, 17-16, on a missed serve from REL, but the Lady Lobos could not fully close the gap. Three straight service points by Rebekah Bowden gave REL a 20-17 lead.
Townsend finished it off with three straight points on her serve to give Kuechle an opportunity for a game-winning kill and 1-0 lead in the match.
"They had some servers, but once we got used to it, we handled it," Lee said. "We work on serve-receive a lot and (it showed)."
The second game followed a similar script to the first one as Geter served six straight points, the majority of which came after rallies and Longview hitting errors, to build a 9-4 lead.
Longview rallied to tie things up at 11, but never went ahead with Winchester serving three points to help REL lead 19-14. From there, the Lady Raiders maintained the cushion until kills by Crowder and Kuechle gave Lee another 25-20 win.
The third set began with a stuff block by Brewer on Kuechle and a slam from Thompson to give Longview its largest lead of the match, two points.
The Lady Raiders came back with kills from Kuechle and Kenshai Moseley to tie and eventually take the lead for good, thanks to five straight service points from Bowden. REL cruised from there, with sophomore Caroline Lynch registering the final match-winning spike.
"They got down early in that third game and could have easily just freaked out, but they kept their composure, so that's going to help us down the road in the playoffs," Lee said.
The Lady Raiders are idle on Friday before facing Mesquite at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mesquite High School.
Robert E. Lee 3, Longview 0
Longview 20 20 14
Robert E. Lee 25 25 25
KILLS LEADERS — LV: Jonae Thompson, 7; Halee Brewer, 7; Kaitlyn Adams, 5. REL: Mallory Kuechle, 10; Alexis Crowder, 8; Jaina Giddens, 5.
DIGS LEADERS — REL: Taylor Winchester, 13.
ASSISTS LEADERS — LV: A'Kia Mumphrey, 19. REL: Melissa Menard, 17; Chelsea Geter, 11.
BLOCKS LEADERS — LV: Brewer, 2.
ACES LEADERS — LV: Thompson, 2.
RECORDS — Longview 8-12 (1-7); Robert E. Lee 28-10 (7-2).
JV SCORE — Lee d. Longview 25-13, 25-19.
FRESHMEN SCORE — Longview d. Lee Red, 20-25, 25-19, 25-18.
NEXT UP — Lee at Mesquite, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.