The Pleasanton Lady Eagles were able to down the Gonzales Lady Apaches in four sets (12-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-19) thanks to stellar play from a pair of freshmen.
Outside hitter Sadie McAda and setter Victoria Urbanczyk each notched double-doubles to help the Lady Eagles overcome a 1-0 set deficit to keep pace with District 30-4A leaders no. 4 La Vernia (34-5, 5-0) and no. 19 Geronimo Navarro (24-6, 4-1). The win either keeps Pleasanton a half-game behind Navarro or sees them to second place depending on Navarro’s result with Cuero on Tuesday.
Pleasanton squares off with La Vernia on Friday and a win like Tuesday night helps the Lady Eagles feel confident heading into it.
“I think if we start off strong and keep going, we can compete with [La Vernia] and hopefully win,” Urbanczyk said. “We just have to give it our all and not take breaks. We need to keep going at it and we’ll eventually get it.
McAda, who missed the first portion of the season due to injury, feels she’s finding her form after notching a team-high 21 kills, 12 digs and two aces in the win over Navarro.
“I just focus on what I have to do depending on the set,” McAda said. “And I just play with what the set is and base my approach around it.”
McAda praised her fellow freshman, Urbanczyk, and sophomore setter Tess Underbrink after they combined for 30 assists. Urbanczyk had a team-high 17 on Tuesday night.
The praise was returned by Urbanczyk, who noted having McAda put up monster numbers helps the team rally together.
“It does feel really good because, when we get that perfect set, she gets that perfect kill,” Urbanczyk said. “It makes the team more energetic and it makes everyone do better.”
Along with Urbanczyk’s 17 assists, she had 11 digs as well.
Of Pleasanton’s 21 blocks in the win, Brianna Garcia notched a team-high seven to go with five kills. Libero Kalyssa Rios finished the night with a team-high 19 digs.
Pleasanton travels to no. 4-ranked La Vernia this Friday at 6 p.m.
The Jourdanton Squaws kept their unbeaten district record on Tuesday with a sweep of Lytle (25-16, 25-22, 25-12).
The win was their third in a row.
Jourdanton (10-16, 3-0) will travel to Dilley this Friday looking to maintain that form.
The Poteet Lady Aggies fell to the La Vernia Lady Bears in three sets (10-25, 13-25, 6-25).
Auriana Villalta had five kills in the loss.
Emma Dove had twelve digs, while Clarissa Benavidez and Stevi Monreal had seven.
The Aggies (1-4 in 30-4A) will play Friday, Oct. 4th, at Cuero.
The Charlotte Trojanettes suffered a straight-set district loss on the road to Three Rivers (10-25, 17-25, 19-25).
The Trojanettes fall to 14-6 overall and 2-4 in District 31-2A.
Charlotte travels to Benavides on Friday.
The McMullen County Cowgirls were able to sweep Agua Dulce on Tuesday (25-21, 25-18, 25-18).
The win was the Cowgirls’ fifth in a row. McMullen (16-13, 5-1) holds at second place in District 31-2A, just one game behind Freer (19-7, 6-0).
The Cowgirls will travel to Bruni this Friday before welcoming Freer to Tilden on Tuesday.