Conroe Tigers win opener against Caney Creek Panthers
CONROE, Texas - The Conroe High School varsity volleyball team played its season opener on Wednesday, August 12, against the Caney Creek Panthers. The Tigers rallied together for their first game to sweep the Panthers, winning the match in three sets.Watch the highlights.
Victoria Ratcliff, #15 of Conroe, was a force to be reckoned with on the court, quickly helping the Tigers increase their lead in the first set. After a kill by Ratcliff, Conroe was up by 13, with a score of 20-7. After two more solid kills by Conroe’s Kendra Butler, #8, and Neena Brenson, #14, the Tigers took the first set with a score of 25-12, leading the match 1-0.
Coming into set two, Caney Creek wasn't going to go down without a fight. The Panthers took the lead 2-1 after a defensive block by Kelsey Fitts and Briana Maxwell. The lead continued to alternate between the two teams until a kill by Caney Creek’s Briana Maxwell tied it up 12-12. Conroe soon got in sync, and slowly began widen their lead against the Panthers. After kills from Neena Brenson and Victoria Ratcliffe, Conroe took the second set 25-20.
By the third set, the Tigers seemed to find their synchronization as a team, as the Panthers began to tire. Caney Creek took the lead at the beginning, but the Tigers soon took over after a great block by Butler and Ratcliff, and another kill by Neena Brenson, bringing the score to 18-8. Only allowing two more points from the Panthers, Conroe won the third set 25-10, winning the match 3-0.
Although taking home a win, The Conroe High School Head Volleyball Coach, Charvette Brown, noted that that the team needs to work on consistency.
“I thought it wasn't clean,” said Brown. “Definitely we have everybody we need to have a very good team, but we lack consistency, and I definitely saw that tonight. A lot of these girls came straight from freshman to varsity, thats a huge jump.”
The team captains of the Conroe Tigers varsity volleyball team, Ally Herrera and Courtney Nettles, saw room for improvement after the match.
“It went okay, but we didn't really play our best,” said Herrera.
“We didn't play to our potential,” added Nettles. We finished it but it was sloppy. For the rest of the season, I hope to see that we are showing what we can do.”
With the whole season ahead of them, the team is ready to work hard to achieve a particular goal.
“Playoffs!” exclaimed Brown.
The Conroe Tigers will play their next non-conference game on August 17 against Tomball at Conroe High School. The Caney Creek Panthers are set to play Port Neches-Groves on August 13 at 2pm.