Owls come alive in set 2,
By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Sports Editor
After stumbling in the first set on Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Hondo
volleyball team finished the season in strong fashion, coming back
to dominate Lytle in four sets, 21-25, 25-11, 25-13, 25-12.
The Owls conclude the year with a 9-25 mark and a 2-8 record in
Fredericksburg completed the perfect run through the district
schedule at 10-0, with Boerne finishing as runner-up. Both are
state-ranked in the latest Texas Girls’ Coaches Association 4A
Devine and Bandera both finished 5-5 and tied for third place.
Both have clinched playoff spots, but will play once more to
determine the order of seeding. The third place playoff is this
Friday, 4:30 p.m., in the Hondo Activities Center.
On Friday, OCt. 24, the Owls took the first set at Bandera, but
the Lady Bulldogs came back to win in four, 20-25, 25-10, 25-10,
In the Tuesday match at the Activities Center, which served as
both Senior Night and Pink Out Night, the Owls were never able to
get on track in the first set. Hondo led early, but Lytle was able
to hang around, pulling ahead with a lead of as big as 17-12. The
Owls got as close as one point, but a crucial Hondo communication
error allowed the Lady Pirates to get the serve back at 23-21.
From there, they finished the set.
The Owls stormed back in set 2, as Lytle scored only three
points on serve. Hondo, meanwhile got two long service runs from
Kalli Gardenhire, great front row work from Krisann Bendele and
Justina Graff, and solid play all over the floor from Maddy
In the second set, the Owls led 16-12 when Tammy Ramirez went
to the line and served Hondo all the way to set point.
A five-point service run from Graff in the fourth set put the
Owls firmly in control at 15-5, and a three-point run with Ramirez
on serve finished out the season.