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Lady Deer stay hot with sweep over rival La Porte

Written by Adrian Romero. Posted in Sports

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Deer Park volleyball's undefeated district match streak continued Tuesday with a home sweep over arch rival La Porte. Despite the 3-0 win, Head Coach Cortni Cox thinks her team can play even stronger. Their next challenge is on the road Friday at Dobie.

The Lady Deer improved to 4-0 in district Tuesday night at home with a sweep of their border town rival La Porte 25-7, 25-10, 25-23. This rivalry brought many fans from both sides to come watch the game, and the energy from the loud crowd transferred down to the athletes as they played.

Emma Aillet, a Lady Deer senior, welcomes the electric atmosphere brought on by the fans.

"It's a lot of fun to play against La Porte because the fans on both sides are really into it since we're rivals and it's just a good match with two good teams,” she said.

The first set was highlighted by long rallies. The Lady Deer back line was solid and helped set up many of their points to be scored by the front.

Deer Park’s Alysse Harrell said all of the team's pieces came together to outscore La Porte.

"The back line really is the beginning of the point, we kind of start it off. We get it to the girls by the net so they can put it away and we're ready just in case the other team returns the ball to do it again,” she said.

In the second set, La Porte gained a little more momentum from strong serving and well placed spikes, but Deer Park managed to stop them from rolling and gained control of the game.

The third set was very tight, with La Porte and Deer Park switching leads throughout the game. Neither both sides really seemed to have the upper hand, but a good defense and solid playmaking up front helped the Lady Deer avoid a fourth set.

Deer Park Head Coach Cortni Cox said she felt like her team began to relax, which led to the difficult third set.

"Our confidence got a little too high and it showed that every single point has to be intense, or they start coming back. We can't just relax, ever, during a match. La Porte fought, didn't let the ball hit the ground it was a great match,” said Cox.

“I tell them every match we have to play like we're playing West Lake or Creek which is No. 2 in Texas right now, teams we've beaten before. Every ball we touch should be a kill and they can’t relax because these teams come out ready to play. Everyone's out to get us, and knowing that I think our girls have to work that much harder," she said.

Next up for the Lady Deer is a road match at Dobie, Friday at 6:30 p.m.