DUMAS – The Dumas High School volleyball team concluded the first half of the District 4-4A schedule Saturday with an impressive three-set victory over the Borger Lady Bulldogs, 25-8, 25-11, 25-12. With the win, Coach Brittani James’ squad has now won three straight matches.
The Demonettes improved to 28-11 overall, and 4-1 in district action to stay a game back of No. 2-ranked Hereford (37-2, 5-0).
Borger (15-16, 1-4) opened the scoring in the first set and trailed 5-4 before Dumas rode the serve of Karyme Castillo to go on a 15-0 run and take a commanding 20-4 lead. Brenley Rodriguez notched the first of her team-high three service aces to make the score 24-7 as the Demonettes went up 1-0 in the match.
The second set started slowly for Dumas as the Lady Bulldogs raced out to an early 2-0 lead. But a pair of kills from Abree Elsheimer and a key block from Sheda Madit broke open a tight affair to put the Demonettes up two sets.
In the third, Dumas opened with a 10-5 advantage capped by a hard spike from Coon that was partially blocked and sailed out of bounds. The fuel was running out of the Borger tank while the Demonettes kept connecting at the net. Dumas captured the match earning 15 of the final 22 points.
Elsheimer and Rodriguez led the way with seven kills apiece while Madit added five blocks. Dumas’s serving game tallied five aces, three from Rodriguez and two from Castillo — who also posted a team-high 15 assists.
Coon finished with 12 assists while Jazzy Ortiz and Vanessa Martinez had 12 and seven digs, respectively.
“When we’re confident, we’re confident and we play that way,” replied Coach James to KDDD Radio. “If we can do that with every opponent that would be amazing.”
“Our point of emphasis the last two days were our emotions and kind of where we’re at getting on the floor, and being confident, getting excited and just doing our job, and I think they came out with that in the first set,” added the fourth-year coach.
With the second half of the district schedule approaching, Coach James noted that discipline would be the key to the Demonettes success down the stretch.
“Making sure that we just stay discipline with everything that we do. Discipline is a big deal for us. Just making sure we understand the assignment, whether it’s our hitting or blocking schemes, or our serve receives,” stressed Coach James. “Serve and serve receive win games.”
The Demonettes will travel to Pampa on Tuesday to battle the Lady Harvesters (21-13, 2-3) in a District 4-4A encounter at 6:00 p.m.