LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY — When Salado swept Little River-Academy 25 days ago, the Lady Eagles converted on more than 50 percent of their kill attempts and 90 percent of their serves.
Things played out much differently Tuesday as the Lady Eagles (9-14, 4-4 in District 22-2A) committed 24 errors and were swept by the Lady Bees (4-4 in District 22-2A) 25-22, 25-21, 25-11.
“They just totally outworked us,” Salado coach Tara Hatfield said. “They completely outhustled us, outplayed us in every aspect of the game. We showed zero percent effort, so you’re never going to win that way.”
Senior middle blocker and outside hitter Jaylee Sebek led the Salado offense with five kills while Taylor Atwood added to her team lead with four kills and Cheyenne Vaca chipped in three kills.
The loss snaps Salado’s three-match district win streak in which the Lady Eagles swept Cameron Yoe, Rosebud-Lott and Jarrell.
Hatfield did not make players available for interviews after the match.
Academy head coach Linda Barganier said that after being swept by Salado on Sept. 13, the Lady Bees refocused on their serve receive.
“We’ve got to keep playing like that ... It was just an overall team effort that we’ve got to continue to have,” Barganier said.
Salado started the match as the aggressor as the Eagles began cycling the ball to Atwood and senior outside hitter Shyenne Hicks with consistency early on.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 12-4 lead in Game 1 and forced an Academy timeout. After that, it was all Lady Bees as a serving error by Salado started a 14-3 Little River run.
“Academy wasn’t playing well in the beginning and they started playing well,” Hatfield said.
“We just acted like they were going to give us the match and that just really didn’t happen. We just didn’t quite earn it.”
Hatfield added that in this district, teams have to bring their “A” game every night or they will lose.
Academy senior outside hitter Taylor Dillard put the opening game away with a kill.
Salado led only once the rest of the match as a Hicks spike from the left side put the Lady Eagles ahead 1-0 in Game 2. The Lady Bees scored 11 of the next 16 points of Game 2 to take control.
Salado will look to rebound Friday when it hosts Florence.