GONZALES — Gonzales stumbled to a 1-3 district record after losing in three sets to Wimberley (25-2, 25-8, 25-5) to finish out the first half of district.
Hosting a Wimberley Texans team that lost their first two games against La Vernia and Navarro (two top-five ranked teams in the state), the Lady Apaches handed Wimberley their first win in district.
“I think we just lost total concentration,” Gonzales head coach Bernice Voigt said. “[We’re] not playing well and communication fell apart on us, not sure why.”
Gonzales gave up nine points in the first set before scoring on a serve error by Wimberley. Wimberley scored six more before Hayley Sample came away with a kill to score their second point of the set. Wimberley finished on a 10-0 run to win 25-2.
The next set, the Lady Apaches again fell into a hole, allowing a 13-1 run before scoring back-to-back points for the first time that night. An ace by Chelsie Hastings cut the lead to 13-4 before Wimberley went on a 6-1 run before Rebekah Baker, a sophomore, scored on a kill to cut the lead to 19-6. The Lady Texans continued their attacks and Gonzales was unable to fix their communication issues on the court, losing the set 25-8.
Wimberley opened the third set with an 8-0 run before Rachel Staggs scored on a kill. Gonzales was unable to score after a serve that set, ultimately losing 25-5 to end the night.
“They have a homework assignment,” Voigt said when asked what the Lady Apaches need to do to turn things around. “[We’re] trying to figure out what we’re doing.”
Hailey Riojas ended the night with three kills while Staggs and Baker had two each. Sample finished with one and Maura Garcia finished with one. Hastings was the lone server with an ace. Freshman Sam Barnick led the team in digs with four while Kiley Allen led the team in assists with four.
Gonzales has a bye tonight but starts up the second half of district Tuesday at home against Austin Eastside Memorial. The Lady Apaches previously beat them (25-16, 25-14, 25-15).