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LADY MAVS VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Cotulla topped neighboring rivals Pearsall and Dilley in bracket play on Saturday to finish third overall at the annual Lady Mavs Volleyball Invitational Tournament over the weekend.
The Cowgirls finished second in pool play, notching wins over Charlotte and San Antonio Sam Houston in action on Thursday. The team’s only loss was to San Antonio South San.
With a 2-1 mark in play Thursday, the Cowgirls earned the second seed in Saturday’s bracket play and garnered a first round matchup with the host Lady Mavs.
In a back-and-forth affair, Cotulla held on for a win in three games. They then dropped a second contest to South San for a chance to play for the tournament title. Cotulla would instead face Dilley for a shot at the third place trophy.
In the third place contest, the Cowgirls would hold off the Lady Wolves in three games to claim the trophy.
Dilley’s road to the third place game opened with a 2-1 mark in pool play on Thursday as the team posted wins over Pearsall and the Pearsall JV squad. Dilley’s loss came to Fox Tech in the games, falling 15-9 in the deciding contest.
In action on Saturday, Dilley was 1-1 entering the third place game having knocked off Sam Houston before falling to Fox Tech for a second time.
“The girls have gone through a bit of a rough patch at the start of their season with losing a starting senior and have been able to rise to the occasion,” DHS Head Coach Khloe Torres said. “Our returners have taken this rough patch and gone with it, wanting nothing but a shot at playoffs.”
Pearsall had a rough outing at the event going 1-2 in pool play with their lone victory coming over the Lady Mavs JV unit, which filled in late for Junction, who did not show up for the event. The Lady Mavs then fell to Fox Tech and Dilley to close out action on Thursday.
Pearsall then dropped both outings on Saturday to end their weekend early.
“I believe the tournament went well,” PHS Head Coach Erica Tellez said. “There were a bunch of teams ready to compete the entire tournament. We are improving and still adjusting to find the correct rotations.
“I believe when district comes, the Lady Mavs will feel confident and ready to face anyone.”