Gatesville vs Waco University Volleyball

Gatesville libero Makaylee Mueller bumps as Lexi Hall looks on during Monday’s match in Gatesville.

Gatesville’s 14-year head volleyball coach Rickey Phillips was wondering how his Hornets would respond to a large, raucous road crowd on Tuesday night against Groesbeck.

“Later on this season, we’ll be seeing a lot of loud crowds, so this road match at Groesbeck was a real good test for us,” Phillips said.

The Hornets passed the test.

Overcoming a six-point deficit in the fourth set, Gatesville ended up with a 3-2 win, 24-26, 25-22, 17-25, 25-20, 15-10.

“We did a much better job serving in both Game 4 and Game 5,” Phillips said.

“We started finishing plays. Early on in the match, we were making unforced errors. Later on, we stopped doing that.”

For Gatesville, Kayla McGiboney had a sensational night with 23 kills. Teammates Brianna Poe and Maddi Sims each had 10. Makayla Heckmann also stood out with 33 assists. Makaylee Mueller had 10 digs, Lexi Hall seven, Madison Carpenter five and Laura Vega four.

“Kayla McGiboney had a hot hand for us and Makayla Heckmann was setting very well. Our libero, Makaylee Mueller, was diving all over the floor for us. Those three stood out for us but they had plenty of help from all of their teammates.”

Gatesville is off to a strong start in 2014 and boasts a 14-3 record.

“I think we’ve done a good job so far,” Phillips said.

“The three teams we lost to will all be playing deep into November. Our focus right now is to just keep getting better every game. I want to see us improve in every facet of the game but, yes, I do like where we’re at right now.”

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