Blocks not enough for Lady Eagles against Lanier

Pleasanton’s Aliyah Martin (12) and Angel Tucker (13) go up for a block against San Antonio Lanier. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Despite tying their season-high for blocks, the Pleasanton Lady Eagles fell to the San Antonio Lanier Voks in four sets (23-25, 25-18, 21-25, 20-25) on the road Monday night.

The Lady Eagles posted 13 total blocks in the loss, matching their high mark from their match with Carrizo Springs in the Pleasanton Tournament. Freshmen Angel Tucker and Victoria Urbanczyk each came out with 5 1/2 blocks each with Urbanczyk also recording two solo blocks.

The Lady Eagles opened the first set by jumping out to a 5-1 lead. Lanier would tie the set at 10 before Pleasanton seemingly broke the set open with an 18-15 lead. The Voks would then go on a 6-0 run to go ahead 21-18.

Pleasanton then went on a quick 3-0 run to tie the set at 21 before four straight points for Lanier closed the set.

Leading 8-7 in the second set, Pleasanton with on a 6-0 run of their own to claim a 14-7 lead. They didn’t surrender the lead to Lanier en route to a 25-18 set win. Aliyah Martin led the way in the set for the Lady Eagles with four of their nine kills in the second. She would go on the lead the Lady Eagles overall with nine total kills on the night. Urbanczyk and Tucker each had a pair of kills in the second.

In the third set, the Lady Eagles rallied for four straight points to pull within 24-21 after surrendering a 5-2 lead early in the set.

The fourth set saw seven lead changes. Neither team led by more than three points in the set. Pleasanton regained a 20-19 lead late in the set in an attempt to force a decisive fifth set. Lanier would then go on a 6-0 run to close out the set and win the match.

Following the loss, Pleasanton’s fifth of the season, head coach Gabriel Aguirre declined to comment.

Pleasanton (2-5) will travel to San Antonio Randolph on Tuesday for dual matches with Randolph and Devine.

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