Rouse showed its strength by winning for the 13th straight match, sweeping Cedar Creek 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-10) at home on Wednesday night.
The Lady Raiders, who are ranked No. 1 in TGCA state volleyball poll for the second straight week, fell behind in the first few points in the first two sets before going on a run to help close each set out.
“We’ve had the extra gear and we’ve shown it all year,” Thompson said. “When it’s time to go, they can flip the switch. For a coach, it can be a little nerve-wracking at times. We talked about being cleaner. We have to clean up unforced errors on our end.”
Senior Ava Bell led the Lady Raiders with 12 kills and five serving aces while Danielle Cole added 10. Maddie Sheehan added eight digs along with 37 assists and élan McCall had 12 digs.
Cedar Creek opened the match winning three of four points. Rouse responded with 10 straight points to take an 11-3 lead. The Lady Raiders continued to roll and outscored the Lady Eagles 14-8 the rest of the way to take set one.
Again, the Lady Raiders fell slightly behind to start the second set, but they rallied with 6-0 and 7-0 runs to pull away. Rouse got out to a 12-4 lead in the final set and never looked back.
After running through the rain-shortened LISD Volleypalooza last weekend, Rouse has won 29 straight sets dating back to Aug. 19 when it lost to San Antonio Reagan at the Frauline Volleyfest in New Braunfels.
“We’re not settling for where we are,” Thompson said. “There’s an end goal in mind and it’s rapidly approaching. We have to be better serving, we’ve got some things on the front line we need to get better at. We’re getting better each day, we just have to get better faster.”
Rouse continues district play when they take on Bastrop Friday at 6:30 p.m. and host Georgetown and East View on Tuesday and Friday night next week.
The gym at Rouse was packed on Wednesday with two sets of cheerleaders, the drum line, and a loaded student section. The school was supposed to host ‘Meet the Raiders’ and the game replaced it which helped with the student section and the crowd.
It still made an already tough team even more intimidating.
“The atmosphere was great tonight,” Thompson said. “Our students have done a good job over the last few years in filling the stands and being loud and working on their cheers. It makes it all the better.”