Nearly two weeks later scratching out a five-set triumph over St. Louis, Sam Houston almost went the maximum with all the Saints back on Tuesday but pulled out a four-set triumph.
Sam Houston won 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, 21-25 and is however, head coach Rene Fontenot is looking for more consistency out of her staff with district Thursday.
“We are looking for consistency,” Fontenot said. “Part of it is our emotional focus.
“The other part will be to keep to conduct an offense and not get sucked into to providing up a free ball or dumping a ball which the setter believes they may not have the ability to get.”
After winning the first 2 sets, Sam Houston’s communication problems began to creep up again, providing St. Louis 10 points on errors.
“They wait to make decisions when they simply must make one,” Fontenot said. “We’ve run over one another and busted each other in the facearea. Occasionally they speak well but they do not listen to one another.”
St. Louis (7-12) jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then retreated with a 9-1 run together with help from a kill and block by Mallory Colletta.
Sam Houston (10-11) made a 9-0 run to even the score at 14-14 but never took the lead.
St. Louis shut out the third place on a second block and kill by Colletta, sandwiched around a professional from Rosie Miller.
“We were passing well and commanding the game slightly better,” St. Louis head coach Elizabeth Thompson stated. “Our energy level was up and we were putting the ball away.
“Whenever we can keep our own server on the back line, we are in good shape.”
St. Louis was able to take a number of that momentum into the fourth group and tried to make a run at demanding a fifth. Jolie Savoie attacked the net and Colletta’s kill gave the Saints a 4-2 lead. But back-to-back aces by Jordan Cochran put Sam Houston up 7-5.
“Our purpose receive has not been where I would prefer it to be,” Thompson stated. “We rely too much on the opposite group giving us points by error.
“We have been talking about ball control and passing over anything else and diminishing our errors and use theirs at precisely the exact same time.”
St. Louis remained connected and close it at 22-22 after a kill by Lauren Anderson plus also a Sam Houston hitting error. However, the Broncos finished the match with an ace and Madeline Manuel blocked a Savoie attack.
Glover needed a match-high 17 kills and senior Tori Wainwright additional six kills, two aces and seven digs. Cochran and Alania Bartie had 15 assists each.
Miller led St. Louis with four aces, 14 kills and 18 digs, while Anderson ended with seven kills and Gabi Moreno submitted a match-high 22 assists and 12 digs.