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Fast start leads to win

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Despite only earning a split in last week’s two district matches, the Lady Gobblers made vast improvements both times out on the court. Following a straight sets defeat to Poteet, Cuero closed the week with a straight sets win over Somerset (25-21, 25-19, 25-15).

From the opening serve against Somerset, the Lady Gobblers fought for each and every point.

“Today, I challenged them to play with a heightened sense of urgency; every point matters, instead of relaxing,” head coach Whitney Coles stated. “I thought they did that from the very beginning of all three sets. They took control of the game from the get-go, instead of waiting when we’re down 0-5.”

Practicing in-game situations is starting to contribute to quick starts in each set.

“We’ve been doing fast start drills and making sure they realize you can’t wait,” Coles said. “Everything we’re doing in practice, they have to get after it from the very beginning, and it helped them out.”

Freshman Clayre Pullin displayed another strong outing, leading the team in kills (11) and blocks (6), but it was truly a team effort.

“I thought they Clayre Pullin played really well,” Coles noted. “She’s very versatile. Defensively, she was phenomenal, both blocking and digging. T’Era [Johnson] played awesome, Ibree [Coe]; Katie [Crain] played phenomenal. Maraya didn’t really get a lot of balls back there, because we did such a good job of blocking, and it made it easy for her.”

Coles was also impressed with the unselfishness of her bench players in the win.

She said, “Not one of them had a bad attitude. That was a complete team effort. I thought all of them did great.”

Going into their final two district contests against Beeville Oct. 20 and Pleasanton Oct. 24, Cuero will have to continue playing with a heightened sense of urgency every single time they touch the floor, whether it’s in practice or a game.

The Lady Gobblers did miss some serves, but coach Coles is challenging them to serve tough. 

“They have a zone to go to,” Coles noted. “They’re working on different kinds of serves. As long as they respond really well to the next play, that’s what we challenge them with. That’s something we’re gonna continue to work on is serving tough. I think that we’ve done a really good job of that.”

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