“I feel like we could have beaten Kennedale, and I came into the match feeling we could.
“And I told the girls that before the match I felt they could because that’s how I felt.
“That’s why this is kind of frustrating. But I am proud of the girls for competing the entire match.”
Game two was tied on nine occasions before settling at 15-15. The Lady Rams had jumped out to a 6-3 lead after a kill by Guill after a pinpoint set from Erin Burgeson and an ace by Kaleigh Aaron.
MWHS also held an 11-9 lead but Kennedale used three different hitters – Emma Riffe, Kylie Foster and Jodie Dixon – to send down kills as the hosts took a 12-11 lead.
After a block by Rachel Dixon gave the Lady Kats a 16-15 advantage, Kennedale went on a 7-3 run to take a 23-18 lead.
After two return errors by Kennedale cut the lead to 23-20, Riffe recorded a kill from the left side to bring game two to game point. On the next rally, Jodi Dixon fired an ace to give the hosts a 2-0 lead in games.
Kennedale jumped out to a 13-10 lead in game three before MWHS began to rally.
On the ensuing rally, Valdez slammed a kill off a feed from Burgeson, who finished with 15 assists for the match, and Burgeson then found Guill for a kill to cut the lead to 13-12.
A kill each by Riffe and Pyles extended the hots’ lead to three points, but the Lady Rams went on a 4-0 run to take a 16-15 lead. On the run, Valdez registered a kill and Kennedale committed a return error, but Aaron came up big with two aces to frustrate the Kennedale defense.
Kennedale scored the next point before kills by Guill and Emily Rogers – both on feeds from Burgeson – gave the Lady Rams an 18-16 lead.