Guyer coach Addie Mack was pleased with her team’s four-set win over Burleson Centennial on Tuesday, but admitted there was something left to be desired.
The third-year coach compared her team’s 25-11, 23-25, 25-20, 25-17 win to a roller coaster ride. The Lady Wildcats (5-2) dominated Centennial (6-3) in the initial set but got caught up in what proved to be a back-and-forth battle. Guyer improved to .500 over its last four matches.
“I felt like our level of play was inconsistent — a lot of ups and downs,” Mack said. “I’m looking at the big picture and what I want it to look like, and I just expect our level of play to be better by this point. Even though we had good points, those negatives are a big impact. We were giving them six-point runs at a time, and that can be so detrimental to our success. I want them to be mentally tough.”
Guyer did manage plenty of bright spots. Sophomore Emily Hill recorded a team-high 20 kills and 10 digs, including 11 kills in the third set. She scored three of the team’s final four points in the fourth. Mikayla Yates added nine kills while Madison Walford finished the night with 26 assists, seven digs and two aces. Tabitha Spray and Keely Ziegler finished with hitting percentages above .600.
Guyer had 11 service aces, six from Sydney Reyes.
But there were inconsistencies. After making quick work of Centennial in the first set, Guyer fell behind 4-0 to open the next game. Trailing 19-14 in the second, the Lady Wildcats went on a 7-0 run to take a 21-19 lead. But Centennial scored six of the set’s final eight points.
“I changed our lineup quite a bit in the second set so the girls could learn to deal with unfavorable situations,” Mack said. “I wanted to see if they would step up or cave, and we caved. I wasn’t shocked that we struggled, but at the same time I also expected them to pull through.”
After winning a tight third set to take a 2-1 lead in the match, Guyer looked like it was getting back into a groove as it went on a 12-3 run to start the fourth set. The Lady Wildcats led 16-6, but Centennial went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to three. Centennial only mustered four points the rest of the way, though, as Guyer closed out the set with a 7-2 run.
“I’m looking for consistency and working as a team,” Mack said. “I brought up seven girls from junior varsity, so those girls understanding what’s expected of them has been a task so far. They’ve all been stepping up, but we need consistency all the way around.”