The Lady Rams were effectively eliminated from postseason contention after a loss to Lake Worth on Oct. 6, but you wouldn’t know that by watching them play.
There’s been no quit in this team since that loss, especially on Tuesday night, as the Lady Rams battled for five sets in a hard-fought loss to the Benbrook Lady Bobcats, 3-2.
After taking the first set, 25-20, the Lady Rams dropped the next two, 13-25 and 22-25, before storming back in the fourth set. After climbing back into it to tie it at 10-10, the Lady Rams never trailed again in the fourth set thanks to strong defensive play from sophomore Samantha Ashley at the net and crucial kills by junior Brei Ruelas and senior Kaylee Gregory on the outside.
But Benbrook proved to be too much in the fifth, thanks to standout play by sophomore Aliah Bell and freshman Camryn Moore. After four aces in the fourth, Moore carried her strong play into the fifth picking up big points on well-placed drop shots to put the Cats up 8-4 and 11-6.
Meanwhile, Bell was a force on the outside with a double-digit kills in the match, while another Benbrook freshman, Mallory Gossett, added multiple outside-kills of her own, including three in the fifth and final set as the Lady Bobcats took it by a score of 15-9.
Despite the loss, the Lady Rams had standout play from multiple players, including Gregory with a team-leading 11 kills and Ruelas close by with nine. Gregory added eight digs and one block, while Ruelas totaled 20 digs and two aces.
Elsewhere, Ashley tied Ruelas for second on the team in kills with nine. The sophomore also led the team in blocks with three. Returning from injury, junior Elizabeth Gray picked up a block against Benbrook, as did Lady Ram Colby Bell. Gray ended the match with an additional three kills, and Bell totaled four kills and two digs.
Other contributions came from juniors Stormy Lovern and Talynn Perry with a combined 26 assists in the loss. Perry led the team with 17 to go with nine digs, while Lovern led the team in digs at 19 to go with a pair of aces.
Additionally, Lady Rams Kortney Rincon had one kill and 12 digs, junior Lauren Campbell had 13 digs, senior Hailey Hunter had five kills and nine digs and Paige Riney had eight digs.
The MWHS Lady Rams volleyball season continued on Friday with a road, district matchup against the Kennedale Lady Wildcats. The Lady Rams return for their 2017 season finale this Tuesday, Oct. 24, in a home match versus the Diamond Hill-Jarvis Lady Eagles.