On Tuesday the Mineola Lady Yellowjackets volleyball team dropped their last non-district game in four sets at the hands of the Brownsboro Bears.
With final set scores of 17-25, 22-25, 25-21 and 12-25 with the Yellowjackets winning the third set, the match was highly competitive. Both teams scored at least 17 points per set until the fourth and final set of the match.
The loss brought the lady Yellowjackets overall record to 6-14 as the team looks to improve its performances in district play.
Head Coach Kerry Van Cleave said Friday that the team needs more consistent play if they want a chance to make the playoffs this season.
“We have the ability and the tools to be successful but we have struggled with being consistent. We have to control what we can control and work to consistently do the little things that make big things happen, we cannot be fair weather, good or bad, we’ve got to take care of the ball and make things happen,” Van Cleave said via email.
While the team has struggled at times on offense the team has consistently looked to two players to produce for them on crucial points during their matches.
“Sabria Dean, Jessiah Riley (both sophomores) have done a great job at the net hitting and blocking. Sabria has really grown into a player who can see the court and is volleyball smart. Her hitting has improved greatly too. Jessiah has become a power hitter and has grown as a hitter,” Van Cleave said.
Senior Lanie Kelley, the team’s starting setter, has really stepped up in seeing the floor well this season.
Dean led the team in scoring on Tuesday with three aces, 12 kills, three digs and two blocks. Riley was second in scoring with nine kills and five digs. Kelley led the team with 35 assists, while adding 16 digs, three aces.
When asked what the team will need to do to compete for a district crown Van Cleave said, “Consistency! We get on a roller coaster where we do five things great and seven things not so great to cancel out the great. We have to consistently do the little things to make the big things happen. We have to maintain our focus from start to finish.”
The Lady Jackets also dropped their district opening match to Eustace in four sets on Friday.
The Lady Jackets won the first set before dropping three consecutive sets with scores of 25-21, 23-25, 10-25, 16- 25.
Both Dean and Riley continued their offensive output with 10 kills, an ace and six digs for Riley. Dean added 11 kills and two blocks.