AUSTIN — Shoemaker head coach Merdith Shaw-Moore knows that the game of volleyball can have upswings and downward spirals as quickly as a good set and a thunderous kill.
And that is one lesson she emphasized to the Shoemaker Lady Grey Wolves during the final day of the Austin ISD Jason Landers Invitational.
“I just told them don’t be discouraged,” Shaw-Moore said. “The game of volleyball is a roller coaster. You’re going to have your ups, you’re going to have your downs, and there’s nobody that’s perfect. Lets take this, learn from it and move forward.”
The Lady Wolves (5-5) concluded the tournament with a win and two losses during bronze bracket play at the Burger Center. Shoemaker started the day with a 2-0 loss to Austin (25-14, 25-21), swept Kyle Lehman (25-22, 25-14) and lost the fifth-place game to Austin Crockett (25-22, 25-20).
Merdith-Shaw said that the Lehman game was when the offense was most in unison.
“We were hitting very well,” Shaw-Moore said. “We didn’t play the tipping game; we hit, we took care of the net and our server, Bianca Delgado, and she had a good one.”
Reagan Felton led the way offensively with two kills and 12 assists while Tyriete Dixon, Briana McCutcheon and Tedrianna Sparks combined for 10 kills. Gabriela Sierra was Shoemaker’s top distributor with 14 assists against Lehman and Bianca Delgado led the Lady Wolves defense with 25 digs and three blocks. Shadavia Blakemore and Lashayla Rider combined for 27 digs.
Against Crockett, the Lady Wolves and Lady Cougars split the first 12 points and Shoemaker ended up taking a 13-9 advantage before Crockett rallied to go on a 6-2 run and take control of Game 2.
“We made some mistakes, but we allowed those mistakes to mentally hurt us,” Shaw-Moore said.
Delgado had the best overall game with 11 digs, five aces and a block while Felton added 22 digs and six assists. Blakemore had finished with 15 digs while McCutheon had two blocks and two kills.
Sierra had nine assists against Crockett.
In Saturday’s opening game against Austin, Felton led the way with nine assists, three kills and a block while Sierra had seven assists. McCutheon had a solid front-court game with five kills and three digs.
Defensively, Delgado had 20 digs, Blakemore had 17 and Rider added 16.
Shoemaker will be back on the court Tuesday when it visits Bartlett.