HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Vista Ridge volleyball sweeps Vandegrift

The Lady Rangers haven't lost a set two games into District 13-6A play

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Vista Ridge had just about every shot working on Tuesday night. 

The Lady Rangers got in a groove early and never really slowed down, sweeping Vandegrift 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-17) to pick up their second straight district win early on in the regular season. 

“It’s really exciting,” Vista Ridge head coach Holly Lamb said. “We started out the year very aggressive and disciplined. We put a lot of hard work into practices to help them believe in what we’re trying to get to and tonight it really paid off. They were crisp and were able to manage the points very well.”

Vista Ridge moves to 2-0 in District 13-6A play as it beat Hendrickson 3-0 on Aug. 21. This was the first district contest of the season for Vandegrift. 

“It seemed to me that (Vista Ridge) was working harder for their points and they were more intentional about swinging and defense,” Vandegrift head coach Melissa Southall said. “Our group was more concerned with just get the ball up and over the net than strategy.”

Vista Ridge jumped out an early five-point lead in the first set. Vandegrift answered with a little run to cut the lead to just a couple point, but the Lady Rangers won 15 oft he final 25 points to take the opening frame. 

The Lady Vipers got out a small lead in the second set before Vista Ridge rallied to tie things up at 12 points apiece. The Lady Rangers took the lead 13-12 and never gave it up even thought Vandegrift got with one point. 

A very back-and-forth third set started to fall the way of the Lady Rangers midway through, and with point calling from every angle, they finished off their second consecutive district sweep.

“This team is very resilient,” Lamb said. “They sometimes justifier it and they don’t think about things, they just go out and play. They did a good job tonight of knowing our gamelan and sticking to it.”

Vandegrift continues district play when it hosts Leander Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Vista Ridge has a bye on Friday night and next travels to play the Lady Lions Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s something we haven’t seen in a while,” Lamb said. “It’s been some time since we really pressed ourselves and finished a game, so I think the confidence is high, but the district is long and it’s only August and we’ve got a long way to go. I just want to grow from this.”

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