GRAHAM – The Lady Rams volleyball team is taking part in the Graham tournament this weekend with a four-game start on Friday in pool play before the brackets are broken down.

Heading into the matchup coach Sheridan Willard has begun to see some of the team consistency she has been seeking.

“Communication is the biggest thing we have been after and keeping within our boundaries is helping,” Willard said.

The diamonds are all there in the rough and Willard is working hard to polish them into gemstones. 

Against Poly Tech, Paige Riney came up with 10 aces, and a serve percentage of 96.8 and Riney also had a game-high 13 assists. Brooklyn Ellis led the Lady Rams with six kills and had close competition with Trista Hopper notching five and BreeAnna Hunt recording four.

Hailey Tincher’s 13 digs led the defense while Kenzie Lawhon had eight and Meagan Waldrum came up with six.

The Lady Rams struggled against Western Hills, committing 17 team errors however Waldrum turned in a strong performance at the net with her team-high 10 kills and a hitting mark of .208. Ellis, who is battling an ankle injury, had six kills. Riney was again the assist leader with seven.

The Lady Blues’ tournament starts a road stretch for Mineral Wells that doesn’t host a game until Aug. 27 when they take on Hirschi.

While Mineral Wells has shown notable improvement, there is still a way to go with the Lady Rams on offense and defense.

“This is a process that won’t happen overnight,” Willard said. “I’m pleased when we show progress, and of course, I am frustrated when we do not.”

While Mineral Wells may be returning home Aug. 27, their next four games are all on the road against Breckenridge, Lake Worth, Graham and Eastland.

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