Another busy week concluded with a win for Anna as the Lady Coyotes competed in the Farmersville Tournament on Aug. 22 and 24, played host to Celina on Aug. 23, and then took on Tom Bean on Aug. 27. Anna won five of their nine games within the past week and was in position to win a few of the other games, as well.
"I like the fight I see in the girls," Coach Tomika Crosby said. "A couple of times they got down by seven or more points and they found a way to fight back and win those games. If we can continue to play with consistency and not fall behind by those points then we’re going to win more of these close games."
Senior Dei Moreno was named to the All-Tournament team in the Farmersville tourney as she helped her squad top Farmersville and West Mesquite before falling to district foe Bonham and Sherman in the consolation bracket.
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The Lady Coyotes had their brooms out at home, looking for a quick win over the Lady Cats. But the Lady Coyotes made it harder than it needed to be and had to fend off the Cats. Nevertheless, Anna grabbed the 3-0 win.
Anna was on early in the opening match with Denisha Hampton landing a beautiful spike to take the first point of the game. The Lady Coyotes built a 5-0 advantage before the Lady Cats started to come back.
Tom Bean cut the lead to two, but Anna scored five unanswered. Tom Bean went on a 10-3 run with the aid of several Anna mistakes to tie the score at 16-16. The game stayed within a point from there and Anna went ahead 21-20 after a Mikaela Gililland kill.
A kill from Moreno gave Anna the advantage again, this time at 25-24. Five plays later, Anna was able to pull ahead 28-26 to win the first game.
Anna again drew first blood when the two teams took the court for game two — this time it was a kill from freshman Skylar Van Norman that put the Lady Coyotes ahead as Anna scored the first four points of the match. A kill by Breeanna Dilldine gave Anna an 11-7 advantage. With Anna up by six, Tom Bean took a timeout to regroup.
The Lady Coyotes finished the match on an 11-5 run, and the game ended with a big kill down the line by Amanda Mink.
With the momentum on its side, Anna wasted no time jumping ahead in the final match. Kills by Mink and Van Norman early set the pace, while a kill by Moreno forced the Lady Cats to take a timeout.
Anna scored eight unanswered points after the break with the consistent serves of Reigny Jeffrey getting the job done. Anna used the big lead to its advantage and closed out the last game of the set, 25-10.
On Friday night, Anna played host to a team that has been tough to beat in recent years – Celina.
The Lady Coyotes stayed close in the opening game but were unable to pull off the win, falling by two points. They came back and continued to fight in the second game, eventually overcoming Celina late to win by two and knot things up.
Celina controlled the third match from the opening serve and won 25-12, but Anna again refused to go away without a fight and won the fourth game 25-20 to force a fifth game.
Celina went ahead early in the final match though and Anna was unable to recover, eventually falling 15-7.
"These girls played with a lot of heart tonight," Crosby said. "They refused to back down, and I am proud of their effort."
On Saturday, Anna played with a chance to win the Farmersville Tournament if they could sweep their bracket; however, the Lady Coyotes ended up 2-2, taking fourth place overall.
In its first game of the day, Anna took on the tournament host, falling in the first game but winning the second two to earn the match win. Anna then took on West Mesquite, swatting away their opponent 25-20 and 25-10.
Just two wins away from the gold trophy, Anna hit a road block as it squared off against Bonham. The Lady Coyotes were swept and in their final game of the day by Class 4A Sherman.