Round Rock volleyball got the district schedule started in the best possible way.
The Lady Dragons opened the newly-formed District 13-6A with a lopsided performance on the road against Cedar Ridge, sweeping the Lady Raiders 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-23) on Tuesday night.
“(Cedar Ridge) is playing clean volleyball and they played good, clean defense against us tonight,” Round Rock catch Diane Watson said. “Watching them warm up, I thought they would be a little harder to handle offensively, but to me, the best part of their game was their defense and that frustrated some our hitters.
Lauren Malone led the way for Round Rock offensively with 15 kills, according to Watson.
“Round Rock is always a tough team and they have a great program,” Cedar Ridge head coach Macie Walker said. “Our girls fought hard and we’ve been trying to get better at the things we know we can control.”
Round Rock jumped out to an early 17-12 lead in the first set, and despite a strong close from Cedar Ridge, the Lady Dragons pulled away to take the frame 25-22.
The next two sets were much more back-and-forth.
The Lady Dragons led the second set 17-15 early on, but the Lady Raiders rallied to take an 18-17 lead and force Round Rock to call a timeout. After another Round Rock rally, Cedar Ridge won three straight points to tie the set at 23 before the Lady Dragons won the final two points.
Cedar Ridge jumped out to an early lead in the third set and it was Round Rock that came clawing back. The Lady Raiders took a 21-20 lead, but the Lady Dragon scored five of the final seven points to sweep the match.
“I think that with the nine-team district we have, there is incredible talent across the board,” Walker said. “I love to start with one of the toughest in the district so I know what our expectations need to be for every match.
Round Rock will be on of 68 teams competing in the Leander ISD Volleypalooza this weekend, while Cedar ridge heads to a tournament in Smithson Valley before district play begins in earnest for both teams next week.
Watson said with 18 girls on the roster, she wants to see those that didn’t get as much time in the first district game fight to get in the rotation this weekend during one of the biggest tournaments in the state.
“I hope we get an opportunity to get a few more kids in,” Watson said. “This has become a grove lineup for us so what I’d love to see a few of the kids that I put in off the bench come in and light it up and get opportunities to play even more.”