With eight games in their first eight days, the Lady Coyotes are getting the experience that Coach Tomika Crosby thinks they need as they look to get back to the playoffs. Anna played in and co-hosted the Collin County SpikeFest over the Aug. 16 weekend, winning its pool play but falling in its two games in the championship bracket.
On Friday night, however, the Lady Coyotes traveled to Wolfe City, winning in four. They then swept Valley View on home court on Tuesday night to even their record at 4-4 early in the season.
"We have some young players getting some serious playing time so our biggest thing is learning how to communicate as a team and keeping the game simple," Crosby said. "As we continue to improve on that aspect we will start to get the consistency that we want to see from the girls. The talent is there and the drive is there we just need to continue to gel as a team."
Anna will play in the Farmersville tournament starting on Thursday morning with three games before 2 p.m. Its record in those three games will determine placement on Saturday.
Valley View 0
Anna was able to secure the home win on Tuesday night, sweeping the Lady Eagles in three. In the first match, the teams battled back and fourth but appeared evenly matched. Anna’s Skylar Van Norman had a kill and a block to help her team keep a slight advantage.
The score was tied at 20-20 when Breanna Dilldine landed a tip to put the Lady Coyotes ahead. From that point the team went on a 4-2 run to takethe opener, 25-22.
The Lady Coyotes jumped ahead 2-0 in the second game but their advantage was short lived as Valley View came charging back and eventually built up a 12-8 lead. However, Van Norman and Mikaela Gililland landed two big kills, while Amanda Mink had a perfectly placed ace to bring Anna back and knot up the score at 18-18.
The teams continued to go back and fourth, but with the game tied at 24-24 it was Anna that was able to score the final two points. The game winner came courtesy of a Van Norman kill to give the Lady Coyotes a big 2-0 advantage in the set.
In the final match, Anna led from the onset, scoring the first six points to set the pace with Kaitlin Gibbon’s serves. Mink and Gililland each had a kill, and with the Lady Coyotes ahead 18-5 Valley View was forced to take a timeout.
Out of the break the Lady Eagles attempted to claw their way back into the game but it was already too far gone as Anna went on to win 25-15.
Wolfe City 1
On Aug. 16, Anna traveled to Wolfe City for an early season match up and was able to get the road win in four games. Senior Dei Moreno led the team on the night with 17 total points, two aces and two kills.
Coach Crosby said that the ladies played well in the match-up. Anna won the opener 25-19 and then took a commanding 2-0 lead with a 25-16 win.
Wolfe City was able to grab the third game but the Lady Coyotes regrouped and dominated the fourth and final game with a 25-12 win.
Denisha Hampton had eight points on the night, with three kills. Van Norman had four single blocks and four kills, while Mink also added four kills to Anna’s effort.
Anna started the tournament early on Thursday with a loss to Blue Ridge in two matches but the Lady Coyotes turned it around and took down Tom Bean in two, 25-14 and 25-19 and then topped Collinsville 25-23 and 25-23.
The Lady Coyotes ended up in the top seed of their pool and advanced to the championship bracket where they took on Callisburg. Anna could not keep up with the Lady Pirates, who won 25-9 and 25-11. That put the Lady Coyotes in the consolation bracket where they faced Commerce, and despite a much better showing fell 25-21 and 25-20.
Anna JV (1) 2,
Valleyview JV 0
The junior varsity Lady Coyotes squad won easily on Tuesday night, topping Valleyview 25-10, 25-9.
Anna JV (1) 2,
Wolfe City JV 1
Anna won in three games on Friday night, 26-28, 25-17, 25-20. The JV1 team came back being down one and won the last two games.
"Everyone made a great effort and played well," said Coach Collins.
Anna JV (2) 2
Wolfe City JV 0
JV2 won in two games on Friday night.
"The girls played great with communication, hustle and hard work," Coach Bartlett said. "Our top scorer tonight was Cortni Turner scoring 17 points in combined games."