Lady Patriots steamroll Grand Saline
Following a home loss to Emory Rains on Tuesday, the Prairiland Lady Patriots responded well on the volleyball court Saturday afternoon. Over the weekend, the Lady Patriots hosted Grand Saline in an attempt to collect their 10th win in district play. The try for win number 10 was successful as sharp play and strong serving helped Prairiland steamroll the Lady Indians in straight sets. Prairiland (19-3, 10-1) won the match over Grand Saline by a final score of 25-6, 25-5, and 25-7.
Added motivation produced a quality performance
“We played hard and bounced back. We didn’t worry about anything else other than playing the game,” Lady Patriots head volleyball coach Emily Vanderburg said. “We didn’t worry about any mistakes. Instead, we just snapped back and got after it. I was really happy with the fact that we just got out there, played hard, and took care of business.”
The players were in alignment with their coach’s mindset in this game. The loss against Emory Rains fueled the Lady Pats’ fire to dominate against Grand Saline.
“Coming off of the Emory Rains game, we knew we needed to work hard the next couple of practices,” Prairiland sophomore Kyndal Yaross said. “We came out, finished hard, and got the win we needed.”
Impressively, Prairiland did not allow the Lady Indians to break double digits in any of the three sets. A monster kill from senior middle Reese Parris ended the first set. Her energy poured over into the second set as Prairiland quickly built a large lead early on. After coasting through the finish line in the second set, Parris delivered a big ace to cap an 8-1 start for the Lady Pats in the third set. In the end, Katelyn Cornmesser pounded a kill to end the dominant win for Prairiland.
Parris led Prairiland with 10 kills, 6 aces, and 2 blocks. Senior middle T.J. Folse contributed with 11 kills, 8 digs, and 1 block. Sophomore setter Chloe Raley poured in 19 assists, 1 block, and 6 aces. Junior outside hitter Ali Sessums finished with 5 kills, 8 digs, and 2 aces, while sophomore setter Hanna Cope had 12 assists. Junior middle Abi Farmer registered 5 kills and 1 block, while Yaross totaled 7 digs and a block.
Up next for Prairiland is another match at home. This time, though, the team’s seniors will be honored before the rivalry matchup begins on Tuesday night.
“I’m really looking forward to senior night, and hopefully it’s another game where we take care of business,” Vanderburg said. “We’ve got three seniors this year and I’ve really appreciated all the work they’ve put in. There have been a lot of hours, sweat, and time they have sacrificed. The way they’ve been leaders has been really nice. It’s sad to lose them, but soon it will be the next chapter of their lives. Hopefully, I can see a couple of them play at the next level as well.”
The Lady Patriots will play again at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Chisum. Prairiland will celebrate its senior night in this match. The Lady Pats have three seniors on the team in Folse, Parris, and Erika Sims. For more sports coverage, click here.