Harlandale steering toward late playoff push
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Revenge will be Harlandale’s motive in the second half of the District 28-5A season.
It’s not because the Indians feel they’ve been wronged. It’s because they have some catching up to do in order to return to the playoffs.
Harlandale (12-13, 4-4) finished the first half in fifth place after losing a heartbreaker 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 25-14, 15-10 Friday Sept. 26 at district-leading McCollum (16-8, 8-0). The Indians also lost to second-place Highlands (18-10, 7-1) and co-third place teams Jefferson (19-7, 5-3) and Brackenrdige (9-21, 5-3) during the initial round of games.
“We definitely need to beat those teams,” Harlandale coach Sylvia Cardenas said. “We have to be able to split with them. We played Brackenridge and Highlands to five games. Jefferson was our first district match. We weren’t ready at all.”
Harlandale was able to rally after losing the first game to McCollum because of its serving. Sophomore Kianna Sandoval (14 assists) served a match-best four aces.
“Serving was the key for us,” Cardenas said. “(The Cowboys) were struggling with their passing, so that was the key for us to get back in the game.”
While disrupting the Cowboys’ serve-receive gained the Indians a 2-1 lead in the match, its own problems in that area enabled McCollum to snare the decisive game. Emily Solis served seven aces for the Cowboys.
“In the fifth game,” Cardenas said, “we struggled. We couldn’t get our offense going because they were serving tough.”
McCollum received nine kills, four digs and three blocks from senior leader Neyda Sanchez. Victoria Yzaguirre also made three blocks and had five kills. Miranda Rich contributed six kills. Setters Alysia Garcia and Savannah Borjas had 14 and 13 assists, respectively. Catie Gonzalez made 15 digs.
Lizette Pedroza led the Indians with nine kills. Dominque Delgado finished with 13 digs. Valeria Stokes recorded six blocks.
The Indians began the week with a sweep of Burbank (6-21, 0-8) Tuesday, Sept. 23. Harlandale won 25-16, 25-16, 25-16.
Sandoval again was Harlandale’s serving leader with five aces against the Bulldogs. Madeline Mendez slammed seven kills. Valeria Stokes made five blocks. Dominque Delgado and Kassandra Munioz each recorded four digs.
Sharriah Martinez led Burbank with five digs and four kills. Savannah Casiano chipped in with four kills and two blocks. Rebekah Valma was credited with six assists.