Lady Spartans battle consistency and strong Alief Taylor spikers

KATY — The Cy Lakes Lady Spartan volleyball team’s rough start to 2021 extended through the first seven matches of the season, all losses so far.

The non-district battle with Alief Taylor’s Lions from District 23-6A went in the favor of Taylor in three sets: 25-10, 25-17, 25-18, at Cypress Lakes’ gym Aug. 17, 2021.

Looking forward into the season, Head Volleyball Coach Briana Tolbert is vying for more consistency to make her Spartans more competitive in District 16-6A.

“It’s just a matter of consistency, and continuing to practice hard by putting them into impossible situations,” Tolbert spoke of the team’s practice regimen. “After COVID-19, it’s so hard coming off of that year where we didn’t have a lot of the girls here at school — the majority of my girls haven’t played volleyball since last season. I think that goes with the inconsistency that I’m seeing. Hopefully, as we continue to play, we’ll get to the level where we’re competing in our tough district.”

A dearth of club volleyball experience will put the Lady Spartans behind the 8-Ball as the district has a plethora of year-round spikers playing in the top squads. However, Tolbert sees surges of strong play that can disrupt any opponent on the court.

“The blocking has gotten better for us, and they’re getting better at tracking the ball and seeing what’s going on from the outside,” the head coach added. “We have different spurts of attacking — sometimes our outside (hitters) will attack better, and sometimes our middle (hitters) will attack better.”

Regardless of the competition, the Spartans appear ready to stand their ground this season.

“We’re going to keep working hard, no matter what. The girls are trying and it’s overwhelming for them because about half of them have never played varsity before. This is varsity volleyball in the Houston area, and it’s BIG.”



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