Siegel volleyball team stays atop district with win over Blackman

Siegel’s volleyball team maintained a firm hold on the district lead with a 3-0 victory (25-19, 25-15, 25-20) at Blackman Tuesday night.

"When you have eight seniors, sometimes you think you have reached your potential, but none of us has reached our potential yet," Siegel coach Trish Flowers said.

In the first game, Blackman was in control early and had leads of 4-0, and on an ace and a kill from Ashllyn King, 10-6 and 11-7.

Siegel rallied to tie it at 17-17 and finally took the lead at 18-17. The Stars extended the lead to four at 23-19, forcing Blackman to take its last timeout. However, Siegel scored the final two points to close out the first game of the match.

The second game was tied from one to six apiece. A block from Jaida Clark and Laura Howell gave Siegel a 13-10 lead, and the Stars extended it to 19-12 before closing out the second game at 25-15.

The third and final game saw an early 3-3 tie before Emily Wessner served six straight points to give Siegel the lead at 9-3. Blackman rallied, however, and made it a 13-11 game, forcing Flowers to use one of her timeouts.

Ella Johnson of Blackman cut the lead to 20-18 on a serve, but Siegel maintained composure and closed the match to improve to 17-2 on the season and 6-0 in district play. Blackman dropped to 5-2 in the district with its only league losses coming to Siegel.

"None of us have ever played together," Siegel senior Laura Howell said of the seniors. "We are trying to hold each other accountable and become a family."

"I am not too worried about it," Blackman coach Madeline Young added. "The district tournament is what really matters.

"We just have to keep improving and cut down on our mistakes. We cannot control everything but we can control how we react to things."

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