With a week to go before district play gets underway, Class 3A Farmersville (20-6) picked up a three-set sweep of Anna on Friday in volleyball action at Anna High School. The Lady Coyotes (13-8) battled strong — especially in Set 3 — but came up short. Anna showed flashes of solid play throughout the match, in fact, but consistency was elusive. Farmersville’s winning ledger: 25-17, 25-19, 26-24.
“Our goal tonight was to play very, very aggressively against them and improve on our defense and our blocks,” Anna head coach Tomika Crosby said. “What I saw is some improvement in Game 2’s defense. We stepped up, got more blocks. The girls were digging up balls. We were playing aggressively at the net as well. It just didn’t come all together. There were moments when momentum was on our side then we would miss a serve or hit out. … [Set 3] went back and forth for a couple of plays that didn’t go in our favor, a couple of calls that didn’t go in our favor - little things. And those one or two points made a big difference.”
Said Farmersville head coach Harold Davis, “This is our third match in a row we’ve been able to close out some close games against tough competition. Anna’s a really good team. They play really scrappy defense, they’ve got a couple of really good hitters and their setter does a great job. So we were happy to get out of here with a sweep because they’re tough and it’s their home court.”
Lexi Stewart and Aubreanna Traylor each slapped seven kills to lead the Lady Coyotes and Qua Fisher recorded five. Of Anna’s 46 digs, Hannah Howell and libero Julianne Curiel collected a team-high 14 apiece. Stewart also tallied two of the Lady Coyotes’ four solo blocks, with Traylor and Rachel Goade adding one each. Big hitters for the Lady Farmers included Reese Fetty, Calli Virag and Lexi Lindamood.
In Set 1, Fisher’s kill to the deep-right corner cut Farmersville’s lead to 13-10 and a kill and a block by Stewart helped keep the margin at three, 15-12. Anna hitting errors then aided the Lady Farmers’ push to 22-16 — along with back-to-back Farmersville kills. After a two-hit call on the Lady Farmers drew Anna to within 22-17, three consecutive kills sealed the win for Farmersville.
Set 2 remained close much of the way, with 10 ties getting to 15-15. The Lady Coyotes also led six different times over that stretch, including a 14-11 advantage after back-to-back points served by Bella Boyd. But after a timeout, Farmersville crept back to lead, 21-17, forcing an Anna timeout to regroup. Goade’s sharp left-to-right kill would be the Lady Coyotes’ final offensive point in the set. From that point — 24-17 — two Farmersville hitting errors preceded Lindamood’s close-out kill.
Anna didn’t trail in Set 3 until 10-11. Prior to that, Stewart’s kill and an ace, as well as a Traylor kill from the middle, had helped the Lady Coyotes to a 7-4 lead. Lauren Morrison’s kill to the middle cut Farmersville’s advantage to 12-11 and back-to-back big swings by Stewart and Howell would knot the score at 15. Lady Farmer hitting errors gave Anna the edge at 17-16 before Traylor went high for a tip-kill to the middle and a two-point advantage. The Lady Coyotes got to 20-17 but Farmersville, sniffing a broom finish, charged back. Four ties followed and with Fisher’s kill — her second in this stretch — Anna served for the set, up 24-23. But a Lady Farmers block followed and two Lady Coyotes hitting errors would end the match — the last, a ball that sailed long.
On Sept. 11, Anna swept Class 2A Trenton, 25-12, 25-8, 25-9, also at home. Stewart led the Lady Coyotes’ rout with six kills as Traylor and Howell added five apiece to Anna’s total of 23. Stewart also swatted two of the team’s four service aces while Boyd and Haley Thornburg logged one each. Boyd was also tops in set-assists with nine while Thornburg recorded five. With few dig opportunities in this one, Curiel collected a team-high four and Madison Williams tallied Anna’s lone solo block.