Trojanettes beats Ben Bolt, loses to McMullen County in five sets



Charlotte’s Julissa Cantu (left) goes up for a block as McMullen’s Caroline McClaugherty (right) spikes the ball during Tuesday night’s area matchup. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Charlotte’s Julissa Cantu (left) goes up for a block as McMullen’s Caroline McClaugherty (right) spikes the ball during Tuesday night’s area matchup. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Charlotte Trojanettes opened their district with a win against the Ben Bolt Lady Badgers in five sets on Saturday at home.

“Looking at the win, we are all starting to really believe in our game plan,” said Trojanettes coach Iliana Romo. “You can plan and plan and set up defense and offense and at the end of the day you’ve got to be able to be flexible, trust each other and trust your training.”

However, the Trojanettes did not take an easy win having lost the first two sets to the Lady Badgers with the same score of 20-25.

Ben Bolt started off strong attacking at the net and catching the Trojanettes off guard with their quick tips and blocking methods.

“We had to make adjustments to what we normally do because of the strength of Ben Bolt’s block and attack defense,” said Romo. “Being able to be flexible and to switch off that way in a game situation is what this group of girls amazing.”

The Trojanettes (11-4) regrouped for the third set and found their rhythm on the court to come out with the win 25-17.

The set win boosted the team’s energy to keep them going throughout the next set to win 25-16 and force a fifth set.

The fifth set was a nail biter with one point back to back for either team until the Trojanettes found their groove to get ahead and snatch the win 15-12.

Stats from the game include Jessalyn Sanchez leading with 19 attacks, Mercedes Sanchez with 14 digs and both Julissa Cantu and Mia Campos with two blocks.

“Overall, if the girls keep playing at this level, I think we really have a good chance to be a strong competitor in district play,” said Romo. “And yes, we love to take those wins, but more than anything these girls love to put on a show. If you haven’t been by to see them play, you really should.”

The Trojanettes hit the road last night for an area showdown against the Mc- Mullen County Cowgirls.

Charlotte took the first set in a close win, 23-25. McMullen came back to take the second 25-21 and then the third with a huge win of 25-10.

The Trojanettes regrouped and found their footing on the court in the fourth set to come out with the win, 23-25, to force a fifth set.

The two teams battled it out in the fifth set, but Charlotte had a strong lead of 11-14 until Annelise Gaitan’s serve hit the net, putting McMullen County on the right track to take the victory 16-14.

“The win felt good, but there are definitely some things we need to work on,” said McMullen County coach Darcy Stockton. “We shouldn’t win one set 25-10 then let the other team come back to win the next, but my girls stay in the fight and earned that win.”

Both the Trojanettes and the Cowgirls move their district record 1-1. Charlotte hits the road to take on Bruni on Friday while McMullen travels to face Three Rivers.

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