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Volleyball: Aubrey starts strong, eventually falls to Celina

AUBREY — Aubrey coach Lisa Deaver doesn't make excuses, even when her team is down a key player and another is not 100 percent healthy.  

No matter who was on the court, Deaver knew at some point the length of a match would affect her team. For the Lady Chaparrals, their fast start was quickly diminished in a four-set loss to District 11-4A foe Celina 19-25, 25-12, 25-9, 25-17 on Tuesday.

"Our team is committed, even when we're without a key player and another isn't feeling well," Deaver said. "I'm proud of the intensity we came out with to win the first set, but it was tough to ask any more of the team when we tried everything we could to stop Celina tonight."

Aubrey took the court without middle blocker Rachel Housewright, who is out with an undisclosed injury, and setter, Katherine Knight, who Deaver said was sick with an upper respiratory infection.

Aubrey got off to a hot start, securing the first set 25-19. The Lady Chaparrals came out swinging and moved well on defense, forcing multiple Lady Bobcat errors and utilizing the offense with outside hitter Kaiya Saylor.

Saylor led Aubrey in kills with 20 and tied the rest of the team leaders in blocks with one. Laney Roos added 14 digs, followed by Gillian Kister, who notched 10. An ill Knight produced big numbers with 26 assists.

In the final three sets, the Lady Chaps couldn't get into a rhythm on offense due to their serve-receive. Celina built a 10-3 lead in the second set it would extend to 13 points and a victory to even the match.

"We came out with great intensity in the first set, but as soon as we got to the bench to prepare for the second set I could tell Katherine was gassed," Deaver said. "I knew at some point it would be difficult for her to keep up with the pace Celina was pushing throughout the match, but she played a great match despite not feeling well.

"We couldn't get her into the right positions to set our offense up in those last three sets."

In the fourth set, Aubrey (17-19, 4-2 district) kept things tight, tying the set nine times before Celina closed it out with a 13-5 run to win the match.

"The last few matches in our district will be big for us, especially the last one against Melissa," Deaver said. "We'll be ready when we head out there, and I'm sure at full strength we can push for a district title."