LEVELLAND — It’s always nice to finish the day on a high note, and that’s what All Saints Episcopal accomplished Saturday to close its time at the Levelland Tournament.
“They really fought hard today,” All Saints coach Kimberli Swett said. “I kind of changed some things up to take a look at different situations, as far as where players are playing, and they really thrived in that. As far as finishing third, we’re excited. It means a lot to our program. But we also know that we still have to continue to work hard even though we did place in such a competitive tournament.”
Lee and the Lady Patriots played a streaky match. It was the third contest of the day for both squads.
Lee sat back in the second set and let its opposition do the work. The Rebels only earned eight of their 25 points on offense while the Lady Patriots contributed the rest on a variety of kill attempts out of bounds and four errant serves.
Senior libero Lily McKay helped All Saints to a permanent lead in the decisive set by holding serve for four points. She aced two attempts in the span and opened what had been a 9-8 advantage into a 13-8 lead.
Lee never got closer than two points afterward. A second 4-0 run spearheaded by three Rebels misfires sealed its fate.
The match ended on Sara Phy’s team-best 20th assist and Flores got the kill.
Levelland, which lost to Seminole in the championship match by two points in the third set, ousted All Saints from the true tournament championship bracket with a 25-21, 24-23 win in semifinal round. That game was a rematch of pool play Thursday which Levelland won in three close sets — 30-28, 23-25, 25-18.
The Lady Patriots opened Saturday with a 25-14, 25-15 win against Lubbock-Cooper’s junior varsity team. Flores led the way with eight kills.
All Saints will host Midland Trinity at 6 p.m. Tuesday before getting back on the road Friday and Saturday for the Denver City Tournament.
“I felt like we did not play very well (against Levelland,)” Swett said. “We weren’t really ready. Too many errors. That’s what happened there. Against Lee, three sets, I wish we could have just gone two, but the girls just wanted to play more I guess.”