In a match that saw the Mineola Lady Yellowjackets play a nearly mirror image of themselves in the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets who also sport orange jerseys, it was the Lady Jackets from Mineola who made the crucial mistakes late in each set that ultimately spelled their fate last Tuesday.
The Mineola Lady Jackets have lost two consecutive district matches leaving them at 0-2, with set scores of 12-25, 18-25, 24-26 last Tuesday at Kemp High School. The Lady Jackets seem to have left their defense at home as the road team struggled with passing and serve receiving errors throughout the first two sets.
“Defensively our back row has been a strength (in the past), last (Tuesday) it was a struggle which undid good things we did offensively,” Mineola Head Coach Kerry Van Cleave said.
Through the first two sets both Kemp and Mineola traded blows until each team reached around 12 points. At that point Kemp solidified their back row defense and minimized their mistakes while Mineola seemed to continue making errors in both sets one and two.
Kemp used late runs in both sets one and two to close out Mineola. The first set ended with a 6-3 run by Kemp while the second set saw a big swing midway through when Mineola took its first lead of the match at 6-5. Kemp responded to that out of a time out with a 4-2 run to create some distance between the two teams.
Van Cleave said after the match that her team has been consistently inconsistent through both district games so far while the same issues did them in last week. “We did not put the ball away when we had the chance to. We don’t need to play patty cake (back n forth) if the set is there we need to end the play,” Van Cleave said.
In the third and final set of the match Mineola showed some resolve after being down five points early, coming back to take their biggest lead of the match at 18-15. However just as Kemp did in the first two sets they responded just in the nick of time with help from some Mineola mistakes. Back-to-back hitting errors by Mineola tied the game at 24, before Kemp scored the final two points of the match to win 24-26.
Van Cleave’s message to her team after the match was that the team needs more action and less talk in regards to the team playing better and coming together as a unit. “(We need to) not just talking about it but do it. We talk about we are going to do this, we are going to do that but we need to stop get on the court and do it,” Van Cleave said.
The loss drops Mineola’s overall record to 6-16.