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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Odessa High falls to Midland High in four sets

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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:12 pm

The Midland High Lady Dawgs shook off a slow start to beat the Odessa High Lady Bronchos in four sets, winning by scores of 27-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-15 in Tuesday night’s District 2-6A volleyball match at Odessa High Fieldhouse.

Midland High moved to 26-13 overall and 5-3 in district play, while Odessa High fell to 11-19, 0-8.

“I thought we did some good things,” said Midland High coach Amanda Lopez. “I thought we made some good aggressive plays. We’re still trying to overcome a mental rollercoaster moment. I thought we had a mental lapse, so our lineup was different than usual. But our team adjusted well to that. I thought Odessa High really challenged us.”

Aniya Clinton had 21 kills to lead the Lady Dawgs, while Hayley Branco put up 14 and Kaitlyn Kennedy finished with 12 kills.

Demmi Anders had 19 digs for Midland High. Macy Kidwell and Olivia Harper both finished the night with 25 assists.

Alexis Luna had 11 kills to lead the Lady Bronchos, while Alyssa Rocha finished with nine and Jacqueline Marquez had five kills.

Gabriel Jaquez finished the night with 19 digs and Brianna McClure finished with 16 assists.

After a comfortable start by the Lady Bronchos, the Lady Dawgs used a 6-3 run to take a 10-8 advantage in the first set. The Lady Bronhcos went on a 5-2 run to narrow the gap to 21-20 and Midland High called a timeout.

Odessa High came out of the timeout and used a 3-1 run to take a 23-22 lead.

Rocha’s kill tied the set up at 24-24, but Midland High scored three of the last four points to clinch the first set.

The Lady Bronchos began the second set on an 11-6 run and a kill by Natalie Benavides helped Odessa High to a 13-8 advantage. The Lady Bronchos kept up the pressure throughout the second set and fought off a late rally by the Lady Dawgs to take a 25-20 win.

“I’m happy with the first two sets,” said Odessa High head coach Victoria Smith. “We had set goals previously and I feel like we met those goals. We were able to compete tonight. We were pushing and fighting. We were a little more consistent.”

Both teams continued to keep it close in the third set, but Midland High started to pull away a little bit and take a 13-7 lead. Odessa High responded with a 4-0 run.

Just when Midland High took off and built a 16-13 lead, the Lady Bronchos went on a 5-2 run to tie things up.

The Lady Dawgs responded by scoring the next three points and soon closed out the set for a 2-1 lead.

Midland High began the fourth set on a strong 8-4 run and led for most of the way before finishing off Odessa High.

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