With the opportunity to go 2-0 on rival Jourdanton and move up in the playoff race, the Poteet Lady Aggies fell short against the Squaws.
Jourdanton swept Poteet on Saturday afternoon (25-18, 27-25, 25-19) to stay in the middle of playoff contention.
“We know the first time, we could have beat them if we played together,” said senior Gwyn Wells.
The Squaws are currently tied for third place in District 27-3A with Karnes City. Wells said the team is focused on the Lady Badgers.
Macey Briones had 16 kills, Wells was second with seven and Claire Vyvlecka followed with five.
On Tuesday, the Squaws lost to Natalia in five sets. That loss was pivotal for the team.
“Losing was a turning point for us because we’re a team full of seniors and we all really want to go to the playoffs,” Wells said.
She added the team’s mentality was lacking before and today’s game was different.
“We really focused. Our physical game is there and I think everybody knows it,” Wells said.
Senior Mia Lopez said the team really needed that win and they accomplished another goal.
“We wanted to beat them in three sets,” Lopez said. “We just have to practice harder to get our minds right.”
In the second set, the Squaws fell behind 21-14 and went on a 7-0 run.
“We just told ourselves to stay focused about our goal that we set before and we just pushed hard,” Lopez said.
Jourdanton finished the set on a 13-4 run to complete the rally.
Emma Roach had 15 assists, Wells had 13 and Lopez had 12 for the Squaws. Jourdanton also posted six blocks on Saturday.
Poteet Head Coach Chloe Garza said when the Lady Aggies are hitting, they are great. But when they fall behind they aren’t as strong in that aspect.
“We knew that they were gonna come back and be ready,” Garza said. “We had to show up and we just didn’t show up 100 percent of the time.”
Jourdanton Head Coach Joella Gallegos said the team was determined to close out the match unlike Tuesday night.
“Losing always stings a little bit, so I think our pride was a little bit hurt. Having a little more determination and motivation after that loss is what pushed us over the edge,” Gallegos said.
She said after the comeback second set, the team was confident they could finish the game.
Poteet’s Lauren Davila led the way with 11 kills and nine assists for the Lady Aggies. Freshman Taryn Garcia had nine kills and seven assists.
Jourdanton (6-3 in 27-3A) faced Karnes City on Tuesday and travels to Poth on Saturday.
Poteet (4-5 in 27-3A) traveled to Dilley on Tuesday and hosts Cotulla on Saturday.