The Weatherford Lady Roos (17-8) kept pace with a scrappy Justin Northwest team fresh off a tournament championship (San Marcos Tournament), losing by no more than six points in any set, but were ultimately defeated, 3-0 in the Tuesday evening road match.
Despite having to work with a makeshift lineup due to injury, Weatherford did well giving Northwest a run for its money, Lady Roos’ Head Coach Nicholas Gay said.
“We’re kind of banged up,” Gay said.
“We had two starters not play, so it gave some other kids a bigger role and opportunity to show how they [could do]. We were honestly really competitive in all three matches, we just weren’t able to pull it out once we hit 20.”
The Lady Roos fell, 23-25, 20-25 and 19-25 in the first, second and third sets, respectively.
While dropping the match certainly hurt, Gay stressed that it is important for Weatherford to thoroughly examine both what it did well in addition to areas it can improve on from the matchup with the Lady Texans.
“I think any loss is a motivational tool,” Gay said.
“Northwest played really well, they’re a hot team right now. But we say you need to learn from your losses. Obviously it stings as a competitor to lose, but there’s stuff we did well in the match, and stuff we didn’t do well.”
One of those positive takeaways for the Lady Roos came from junior middle blocker Abbie Lane’s performance.
Lane led the team in kills with 15, while picking up an ace.
The junior has done well so far this season taking on a sizable work load, Gay said.
“Right now Abbie’s leading our team in the season in kills, so she shoulders a big load when it comes to that,” Gay said.
“She’s asked to get kills on a lot of different types of sets, and the setters are doing a good job of getting her the ball in the right spots, and she’s able to [execute].”
Senior outside hitter Jayla Schultz and junior outside hitter Lynsey Lee tacked on seven kills apiece for the Lady Roos, while teammate Keegan O’Connor, a sophomore defensive specialist, led the team in digs with 28.
Sophomore setter Ava Saltzgiver put up a team-high 33 assists for Weatherford.
Tuesday’s loss notwithstanding, Gay said his team is in a good place in terms of preparation for District 3-6A competition, while adding that the Lady Roos still have several tough non-district opponents on the immediate horizon.
“We’ve played a lot of different types of teams, very competitive teams in non-district and tournaments, so I think we’re ready for district to roll around,” Gay said.
“We do have a tough non-district schedule coming up with Granbury, Aledo, Denton Guyer and Southlake, so it’s definitely gonna be a test, but we’ll be ready for our first district match when that arrives.”
Weatherford plays the Granbury Lady Pirates in a non-district match at 6 p.m. Friday on the road.