NZ bounces back with string of wins

Posted 9/1/20

The North Zulch volleyball team picked up non-district victories over KOR Education School, Latexo and Grapeland over the week with a loss to Groesbeck Aug. 25.

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NZ bounces back with string of wins

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The North Zulch volleyball team picked up non-district victories over KOR Education School, Latexo and Grapeland over the week with a loss to Groesbeck Aug. 25.

The home loss to Groesbeck came in straight sets by scores of 14-25, 20-25 and 13-25. Groesbeck remained undefeated at the time of this writing and entered the top-10 state ranking for class 3A.

“I do not think (Groesbeck) was as good as most of the teams we have seen on our schedule,” said head coach Melissa Padgett. “I do not think we should have taken a loss to them. We were in a bit of a funk from losing (four straight games) the previous week and I guess you could say we were feeling a bit sorry for ourselves.”

The Lady Bulldogs entered the matchup after losing four straight to highly touted opponents including Madisonville, Caldwell, Lexington and Splendora.

“When we took those losses, I was not mad,” said Padgett. “I was still encouraged by what I saw out of the team. But I was very angry after the Groesbeck loss.”

North Zulch then hosted KOR Friday without the services of heavy contributors Cheyanne Wallin and Katelyn Crocker.

“We struggled without (Wallin and Crocker) and everything they bring to the team,” said Padgett. “They are both three-year varsity players. (Wallin) is our speaking captain and (Crocker) is a floor captain, as well, because of the stats she delivers to us, picking up about 30 balls a game from the back row.”

The Lady Bulldogs managed to win the game in four by scores of 26-24, 25-18, 17-25 and 28-26. The matchup gave Padgett an opportunity to bring up a number of players from junior varsity, who logged their first varsity experience.

Padgett wanted to take the chance to give the young players a taste of the highest level since the majority of the current team will be lost to graduation in the spring.

The team struggled mightily from the service line in a dual matchup Saturday despite picking up a pair of victories over Latexo and Grapeland.

“We missed nine serves in the first set and six in the second (against Latexo),” said Padgett. “I just do not get it. We spend so much time serving and so much time practicing aggressive serves. It was one of our strengths to start the season.”

Despite the miscues, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Latex by scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-10 and Grapeland by scores of 25-16, 25-23 and 25-20.

“I don’t think think (the missed serves) have anything to do with the difference in jump serving and standing,” said Padgett, referencing the fact that many members of the team have transitioned to primarily jump servers in 2020. “If you are a good enough jump server to be jump serving, you should be able to make as many in a row as you need to. We cannot miss serves like that in district.”

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