Meredith Shaw-Moore saw it as a character-revealing moment and a season-defining moment.
It was a moment that her Shoemaker Lady Grey Wolves created themselves when they blew a 2-0 lead in sets Tuesday night to the Killeen Lady Roos before winning in five games, 28-26, 25-22, 24-26, 27-29,15-5.
In the fifth game, Lady Wolves senior Maddi Woodard stepped to the server’s line nursing a 4-2 lead. Seven serves later the lead ballooned to 10-2, and Shoemaker didn’t look back. Wolves senior Aria Price scored five kills in the game to lead Shoemaker.
“We took advantage of Killeen’s (7-8, 0-2) mistakes in the first two games but we hit our own glitches in games three and four,” said Shaw-Moore. “But we stepped up in Game 5 and showed ourselves and this district what we can do.”
“It was a huge moment for us to overcome.”
Price dominated all night as she tallied 22 kills with four blocks for kills. More importantly, she, Woodard and junior Angel Gavin, also with four blocks, respectively, gave the Roos frontline fits all night.
If that wasn’t enough for the Roos to contend with, senior libero Anessa Pitts had a game-high 25 digs, while junior Shadavia Blakemore, senior Tyriete Dixon and sophomore Jezarai Navalta combined for 58 more digs.
“Seeing them dive around like that makes us want to play harder,” Woodard said. “They work so hard back there but don’t really get enough credit. They make it easier for us to do what we do.”
What the Wolves (4-5, 1-1) did was use athletic defense to set up powerful kills which lead to the huge win for Shoemaker. It seems each member of the team, from the coach down to the last girl on the bench, is out to prove the league’s low expectations for the Wolves are wrong.
“We know everyone doubts us and we used that tonight,” Price said. “Going into the last game, we didn’t get down or lose focus — we pulled together and won as a team.”
Shaw-Moore echoed those sentiments.
“Nobody expects us to do much this year,” she said. “But for these seniors, this is their last year putting this uniform on and they want to go out as winners.”
Killeen coach Shelly Harris was left shaking her head about what she perceived as a total team collapse.
She witnessed Killeen claw back from an 2-0 deficit to make it even at two games apiece, only to fall short.
“I don’t know why we fell short but we have showed up every game ready to play,” Harris said. “I don’t know if mentally we weren’t sharp because it was a cross-city school, but I did not recognize them tonight.”
Lady Roos senior captain Chalon Anderson had 22 kills, while junior Sabrina Garcia added 23 kills in the loss.
Killeen welcomes Temple on Friday night while Shoemaker plays at home against Midway.