The Shoemaker Lady Grey Wolves volleyball team played with passion, energy and emotion, but it wasn’t enough — not by a long shot. 

Shoemaker was swept by Waco Midway 25-20, 25-11, 25-11 to fall to 18-13, and 2-4 in District 8-5A play.

The Pantherettes’ performance matched their opponents during the first game, but a chewing-out by head coach Janet Angell focused Midway, and it finished the match in dominating fashion, outscoring the Lady Wolves 50-22 in the final two games.

“We played lackadaisical — like we didn’t care,” she said. “In this district, anyone can beat you, so when you hand points to the other team like we did, it can cause some problems.”

Midway (15-21, 5-1) came out firing on all cylinders in the second game. The Lady Wolves fell behind 4-1 before Pantherette freshman Samantha Sanders stepped to the server’s line and reeled off 10 straight points, four of which were aces, with three coming consecutively to make the score 13-1 Midway.

“I felt we played hard and we played well, but we had too many mental errors and you can’t win like that,” said Shoemaker head coach Merdith Shaw-Moore. “We didn’t do a very good job of breaking their serve at times and it hurt us.”

But for Angell, Sanders’ performance only reinforced what she already knew about her talented freshman, as well as fellow freshman Allye Beth Deaton, who led the Pantherettes with 16 digs.

“We always expect her to play like that, but she doesn’t always do it — tonight she did,” Angell said. “She even managed to come out of a Shoemaker timeout (during the second game) and continued her streak. When she stays consistent, she is tough.

“And along with Allye, we have a good young group to work with, not just this season, but in the next couple of years as well.”

Shoemaker managed 11 serves during the second game and five of those came from junior Gabriella Sierra, who led all Lady Wolves with nine assists and tallied three kills, while senior Aria Price paced Shoemaker with eight kills and two blocks.

It’s not as if Shoemaker hasn’t found a formula for winning this season, but according to Shaw-Moore, the lackluster performance was merely a blip on the radar.

“This is volleyball. These types of games happen. We just have to get to work and get back to what we do,” she said.

Shoemaker routinely failed to communicate with one another, which forced errors and gave away points to a strong opponent.

Midway travels to Temple on Friday while Shoemaker goes on the road to face Copperas Cove.

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