“Endurance is not an issue for her, so playing all the way around and never leaving the court is normal for her. In my mind, this is a permanent change.
“I need someone (on the outside) who will get after it, and she is willing to do so.”
Outside hitter Brittany Guill got the Lady Rams started with a kill and a block in the opening game, and Emiley Loya followed with a pair of aces as MWHS raced out to a 6-4 lead.
A block and a kill by Ashley Valdez and a kill from Sydney Vasquez extended the Lady Rams’ lead to 10-6.
After another kill by Guill, defensive specialist Kaleigh Aaron frustrated the Lady Lions’ defense by firing three consecutive aces to give the Lady Rams a 17-11 cushion.
Brownwood cut the lead to 19-14 before a kill each from Valdez and Allen and another ace by Loya increased the lead to 22-16.
A kill three rallies later by Aaron followed by a Brownwood return error brought the opener to game point.
The Lady Lions were called for a lift infraction as MWHS took the opener.
The Lady Rams led 3-2 in game two after a kill from Allen on the left side after a cross-court set by Erin Burgeson.
However, it would be the first and only lead in the game for the hosts. Brownwood went on an 8-1 run and never looked back.
The Lady Lions squared the match after ending game two on a 9-6 run to win by seven points.
The Lady Rams started game three in aggressive fashion. MWHS led 4-2 after a kill from Bailey Simonton, a pair of aces by Aaron and a stopper from Guill.
But at this point, the match changed and momentum carried over to the visitors.
Brownwood followed with a 14-2 run to take a 16-6 lead.
Although the Lady Rams would tally six more points in the game, five were the result of Brownwood return errors and another came on a missed Lady Lions’ serve.