The Saint Augustine Lady Knights dropped two games but won a third during an eighth grade volleyball tournament Saturday. Held at Mary Help of Christians School, the tournament started with the Lady Knights losing to the host team.
Struggling to keep up with Mary Help’s serving, Lady Knight players repeatedly gave up points when they were on serve. Ximena Garza and others served out of bounds, adding to Mary Help’s first period win.
Later on, better teamwork helped the Lady Knights close the gap as players moved the ball closer to the net and set it for one another to put over the net. From a 4-4 tie, St. Aug. kept up with gutsy plays like a dive by Isabella Barrientos, yet Mary Help won the set.
Mary Help started the second set with more tough serving answered by Lady Knight Melissa Marroquin. Still, Marroquin’s tenacity on the court couldn’t keep the Lady Knights in the game.
Coming off a second loss to the United Day Patriots, the Lady Knights entered their third game with only six players available. Despite this disadvantage, they overcame Christian Middle School, the team they’d lost two just three days earlier. In the first set, Barrientos set it for Garza to send it over and score over the Cubs. Despite their improved on-court communication and more definite ball calling, the Lady Knights fell in the second set.
“We have to help each other out,” Marroquin said during a timeout.
By the third set, every Cubs serve was answered by St. Aug. until they came within one point of winning. Christian then served the ball and, the Lady Knights hit it back over for the game-winning point and the team’s first win this season.