Lady Pirates come up short in regional match
By Robert Proctor
Celeste Smith has grown as a volleyball player over the last four years, just as her team has grown alongside her. The Lady Pirate captain and her team left it all on the court during last Thursday’s regional quarterfinals match against Round Top Carmine in Hallettsville. Though Nordheim came up short in straight sets (25-17, 25-21, 25-15), it was a season worth celebrating with expectations only growing for the Lady Pirate volleyball program.
Nordheim went undefeated through the 1A portion of their district schedule and even defeated each 2A opponent on their district schedule, other than rival Yorktown, who won the district. From there, the Lady Pirates earned a first round bye before facing and beating Richards in the area round.
Nordheim were then matched up with Round Top Carmine, one of the top 1A teams in the state, but that didn’t keep the Lady Pirates from making it a competitive contest all night. Led by Smith, Nordheim played with focus and determination.
“We all, as a team, did what we could to get here,” Smith said. “We deserve to be this far. We know we’re the underdogs. Getting this far was a blessing. We’re all very grateful.”
Despite coming up short, Smith was mad, rather she was proud of what her team accomplished.
“It was very exciting,” she said. “I’m not mad about the way we lost. I thought we left it all on the court. We did what we could. I think we kept up with them pretty well. I know they can get them next year.”
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