Varsity Arabians upset Navarro, beat Lytle

Makenna Morales lays out for a dig during the Arabians’ win over Navarro.

The Varsity Arabians played two teams this past week, Navarro and Lytle, taking the win against both.
Vs. Navarro
The Arabians beat Navarro, 5th state-ranked volleyball team last week, in a hard fought battle pumping them up for the rest of their season. They lost the first two games 20-25 and 16-25 but came back to win the next three, 25-22, 25-22 and 15-8.
“I had a really good feeling before the game,” Coach Leigh Ann McIver said. “We started off too tense and made errors we don’t usually make, but we came back.”
Offensively they had 2 aces made by Makenna Morales and Amanda Richardson. There were a total of 55 kills; Addie Trojanowski 17, Sierra Pompa 14, Chesney Friesenhahn 12, Alissa Stehle 7, and Caimee Fowler 5. Trojanowski led the 48 assists with 26, followed by Sydney Rendon 17 and Morales 5.
Defensively, they had 3 blocks made by Friesenhahn, Trojanowski, and Fowler. They also had 130 digs led by Morales with 56. Others assisting were Rendon 16, Trojanowski 14, Friesenhahn and Richardson with 13 each, Stehle and Fowler with 5 each, Ortiz with 4, and Pompa and Dana Aaron with 2 each.
“We dug ourselves a big hole in set 1 and made a good effort in coming back but it was just a little too late,” Coach McIver said. “In set 2 we made way too many errors and just was not playing our game. We changed some things in set 3, played with more discipline and started playing the way we can play. We really limited our errors and started making more plays on defense which really sparked our offense. This was the same in set 4 and 5. The girls did a great job tonight and I am so proud of them. They finally played to the level I knew they were capable of playing at and walked away with numerous victories!”
Vs. Lytle
The Arabians beat the Pirates in 3games, 25-9, 25-1 and 25-6. Offensively they had 22 aces scored by Morales 9, Trojanowski 7, and Stehle, Ortiz, and Richardson each with 2. There were 30 kills led by Friesenhahn with 13, Trojanowski 10, Fowler 5, Pompa 4, Stehle 3, and Aaron 1. They also had 29 assists made by Trojanowski 13, Rendon 12, Morales 3, and Stehle 1.
Defensively Pompa made one block. There were also 28 digs; Morales 10, Trojanowski 8, Friesenhahn, Richardson and Puente 2 each, and Pompa and Aaron with 1 each.
“I was really pleased with how the girls really limited their errors tonight and kept their focus for most of the game,” Coach McIver said. “It is nice to end the first round of district undefeated.”
Their season standings are 25-8 and they are undefeated in district.
By Abby Kohlleppel
Staff Writer