For the first time in several years the Fillies have dropped back to back district games and now find themselves in 3rd place in the district standings with one game left in the first half of district play.
The latest lost came on Tuesday night in Seminole when the Maidens squeezed past the Fillies in five exciting sets. The Fillies won the 1st and 3rd sets while the Maidens posted wins in the 2nd, 4th and 5th sets 16-25, 25-13, 21-25, 25-21, 15-11.
The Fillies jumped out in front 4-1 in the decisive 5th set before the Maidens came back to go up 9-6. The Fillies regrouped and won five consecutive points to claim an 11-9 lead. But that would be the last lead for the Fillies as Seminole closed out the set and match with six straight points.
This heart breaking loss comes on the heels of a straight set loss to Levelland 25-23, 25-22, 26-24 on the Fillies home court. The Fillies battled the much taller Lady Lobos on even terms throughout the entire match, but never did own a set point in any of the three sets. Levelland gained their first match point at 24-23, but the Fillies registered a kill by Holly Hemmeline to tie things up at 24-24. Levelland then gained their second match point on a Fillie hitting error and then closed out the match on a kill.
The Fillies played catch up throughout the first set against the Lady Lobos holding the lead just two times early in the set at 4-3 and again at 9-8. At that point Levelland gained the upper hand and maintained two to four point lead throughout the remainder of the set. The Fillies cut the lead to 23-22 and 24-23, but the Lady Lobos closed out the set on a Fillie hitting error.
The Fillies jumped out in front in set two going up 3-0. The two hard hitting teams traded out points with the Fillies holding on to a 21-18 lead. But Levelland went on a 7-1 run to win set number two 25-22.
With their backs to the wall the Fillies started slow once again in the third set before going on top 11-8. Levelland bounced back to once again maintain a one to three point lead until the Fillies finally tied things up at 20-20 and 22-22, 23-23, and 24-24. That’s when the Lady Lobos capitalized on a DC hitting error and the closed out the match with a kill.
The Seminole match was one of those classics from days gone past between the two longtime rivals. The two teams traded points in the early stages before Lexi Ivy toed the service line that helped the Fillies go from a 15-14 lead to a 24-15 difference. The Maidens had seven hitting errors sandwiched between two Holly Hemmeline kills.
Set number two belonged to the Maidens after the two teams traded out points with the final tie coming at 8-8. At that point Seminole jumped out to a 15-10 lead that was soon up to 23-11 after an 8-1 run that included four kills, one block, one DC hitting error and a net violation. It didn’t take long after that to close out set number two 25-13.
But the Fillies weren’t finished. Once again they started slowly and were trailing 5-2 and 8-4 before kills by Marley Jordan, Kinsey Michaleson, a service winner by Lexi Ivy and three Seminole hitting errors gave the Fillies a 10-8 lead. Once again the two teams traded points before Morgan Johnson went to the service line and helped the Fillies gain some momentum and 23-18 lead. A Holly Hemmeline kill gave the Fillies a 24-21 lead that was followed by a block from Macey Jordan and Kinsey Michaelson closed out the set.
This time the Maidens were in a most win situation and they came out clicking on all cylinders in the fourth set. Even though the set was tied three times in the early stages the Fillies only had one lead, and that was at 4-3. Seminole jumped out to a 13-9 lead that was soon up 19-12. The Fillies cut it to 19-15, but Seminole answered with a 5-2 run that made the score 24-17. The Fillies mounted a comeback cutting the lead to 24-21, but that would be as close as they came as the Maidens closed it out a perfectly placed shot to an empty back corner.
That brought the two squads to the decisive fifth set that could have gone either way.
Even though no official stats were available before Press time Johnna Hix, Kinsey Michaleson, and Moraima Villegas had outstanding defensive games, Macey Jordan, Lexi Ivy, and Holly Hemmeline were outstanding on offense, and Jayleen Villarreal, Morgan Johnson, Marely Jordan, Danilah Aguirre, and Lexi Ivy all served well throughout the match.
The two losses dropped the Fillies season record to 23-10 and their district mark to 2-2. Seminole and Levelland, both 4-0, played on Saturday in Levelland for the outright district lead.
The Fillies will return home for the next three matches when they entertained Estacado on Saturday followed by back to back home matches against Brownfield and Lamesa on Tuesday and Saturday.