Latexo's Lady Tigers warmed up for their volleyball match against Neches on Tuesday, Sept. 9 wearing pink t-shirts symbolizing "Pink Out For Cancer", but they played with red-hot intensity on the court.
The Lady Tigers swept Neches in three games 25-12, 25-10, 25-12 to wrap up their non-district schedule and boost their record to 6-2 heading into district.
It was an exciting night for the Lady Tigers. Not only was this their first home appearance of the season, but they raised $700 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research through their Pink Out Night activities.
Latexo got on a run early in the first game with good serving from Carolyn Townshend and Kursten Catoe, putting them up 8-1. The Lady Tigers dominated Neches offensively with some quick sets and kills in the middle, and quickly took Game 1 25-12.
Latexo didn't let up in Game 2, putting away Neches 25-10, and then wrapped up with a 25-12 victory in Game 3.
Sophomore Carolyn Townshend continues to step up every game and led the night's stats with 3 kills, 8 assists, 5 aces, and 1 dig.
Karson Patton had a busy night contributing with 2 kills 3 assists 2 aces and 1 dig.
Other statistics were: Ashlee Frizzell 5 kills, Kursten Catoe 1 ace, Kelsey Killian 7 digs, Brooke Ashley 2 aces and 5 digs; Madison Cook 1 dig, Macie Cook 1 kill, Jordan Davenport 3 assists, Ashlyn Brazail 1 ace, and Sarah Schumann 3 digs.
Coach Corinna Smith was excited that her team finished their regular season with a win to give them momentum heading into their district opener against Lovelady on Friday, Sept. 12.
"We have played solid volleyball during the regular season and have come so far along since the first day in August. We are playing as a team every time we step on the court. It's exciting as a coach to see girls who are willing to lay everything out there, hit the floor for balls, and keep each other motivated when things get tough," said Coach Smith. "My favorite part about this team is that they work just as hard in practice as they do in the games."
Latexo's district includes Centerville, Grapeland, Iola, Kennard, Lovelady, Normangee and North Zulch.
"I know we are in one of the hardest districts in the region. I am confident that if my girls come out and play to their full potential that we can make playoffs. It's going to be hard work though, and I stress that every ball, every serve, every play counts," added Coach Smith.
This week, Latexo hosts Kennard on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and then travels to Centerville on Friday, Sept. 19.