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Lady Deer sweep Gators in home opener

Written by Adrian Romero. Posted in Sports

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Fresh off a strong performance in tournament play over the weekend, the Lady Deer volleyball team notched a 3-0 sweep over Dickinson in the 2017 home opener. Deer Park will spend almost a month away from North Campus in tournament action before hosting South Houston Sept. 8 in the district opener.

LadyDeerPhoebeStigenLed by strong play at the net, the Lady Deer Volleyball team opened its home schedule with a 3-0 sweep over Dickinson Tuesday. After several weeks of tournaments and road matches, the team returns to Deer Park Sept. 8 in the district opener against South Houston. Photo by Andrew Pressley/Deer Park Photos.The Lady Deer volleyball team swept Dickinson Tuesday 25-20, 25-11, 25-18 in the team’s 2017 home opener at North Campus.

The first set proved to be very competitive, with exciting rallies being extended by both sides of the net. The Deer managed to put away the match thanks to strong spikes from Phoebe Stigen, which finished points quickly.

Deer Park Head Coach Cortni Cox said her team’s rallies and kills were the final result of a team that is working well together early in the season.

"I can put any six girls out there and they work well together. They're not afraid to make mistakes this year and get along both on and off the court. They're just a fun group to be around,” she said.

Deer Park's dominant performance at the net allowed them to stay in control for the entirety of the second set. Senior Raney Wesley applauded her teammates' net game.

"They just really do a great job up there defensively and we do our best to keep the ball up and position it so they can finish the point,” she said.

The final set proved to be more of a struggle for the Lady Deer, with Dickinson able to take advantage of Deer Park mistakes and almost take a game.

Cox noted her team's mistakes, and will take them as learning experiences for future games.

"We can definitely do a little better on our blocks, but our team is doing great things. We're young so the mistakes will come but we're going to learn from them and continue to work on our game,” she said.

Next up for Deer Park is a trip to New Braunfels for tournament action. They’ll return to the Gulf Coast Sept. 22 for a road match at Clear Creek.