BONHAM – Anna’s Lady Coyotes got back on the winning track on Tuesday, Oct. 11, with a three-set sweep of the Bonham Lady Warriors, 25-14, 25-12, 25-15. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Anna (2-4) and set the stage for the Lady Coyotes’ rematch with Melissa (5-1) on Friday.
“They needed this,” said Anna head coach Tomika Crosby. “They were kind of down from the last couple of losses. We changed some things, we changed our line-up. I had told them, ‘Hey, we’re going to start trying things and see what works.’ And tonight, this is what worked.”
“Our passing was better,” Crosby added. “In the Celina and Aubrey games our passing was terrible. … And we were a little bit more aggressive at the net. Not as much as I would like for us to be, but I think we’re getting back. We’re slowly coming back.”
Senior Skylar Van Norman again led Anna in kills, with 19, but this night 18 other kills were spread among her teammates. Notably, junior Taylor Medrick and senior Savannah Kendall tallied six each. Said Crosby,
“I told them, ‘Teams have figured it out,’” she said. “They know who our hitter is. They know where we’re going to send the ball, so I need some other girls to step up.’ … I think it helps because now we can kind of spread it out so we’re not easy to defend.”
Van Norman’s 10 digs were also tops for the Lady Coyotes, followed by Kendall with nine. Senior Grace Barnes collected a team-high 27 assists for Anna.
Set 1 featured five ties early on before the Lady Coyotes pulled away. Kills by Van Norman, Kendall and Medrick helped push Anna to a 17-11 lead. Another Medrick kill swelled the advantage to 22-12 and from there the Lady Coyotes cruised. Barnes’ service ace closed out the set.
In Set 2, Bonham opened with a 3-0 lead but back-to-back Van Norman kills edged Anna ahead, 4-3. A nice block and a kill by Medrick moved the Lady Coyotes’ margin to 14-5 before successive Kendall kills gave Anna a 16-5 edge. Van Norman collected four kills down the stretch and her tip over the net put Bonham away.
Set 3 also included five ties early, but senior Avery Oonk’s kill moved the Lady Coyotes’ lead to 9-6 and soon Anna’s margin was 18-8. The Lady Warriors (0-6) would cut the lead to 22-15 before succumbing.
“Melissa’s going to be tough,” Crosby said, looking ahead. “And we’re going to just kind of hope that we’re ready. … I think we are. I think the girls know that we didn’t play them as well as should have (on Sept. 27). We started off strong with them and then we let up. … We’ve been watching film, so we know what to do differently with them, and hopefully they’ll go to Melissa and compete. That’s all I can ask for.”