VOLLEYBALL: Brooks Academy finishes strong to claim first district win

Fox Tech stumbles after winning Game 2

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brooks Academy, Fox Tech.





Brooks Academy’s sports teams have been bandying about the idea of accomplishing things the school either hasn’t done previously, or recently.

The football team took one of those talks beyond the conversation level last month when it won the Bengals’ first game since 2011. The volleyball squad reached a milestone Oct. 7 when it defeated Fox Tech 25-19, 17-25, 25-20, 25-16 at Brooks Academy (8-7, 1-5) for its first district win in three seasons.

“The biggest thing I plan to target is setting a new standard for the school,” first-year Brooks Academy coach Raul Hernandez said. “I’d like to see us qualify for the playoffs. That’s something none of our teams have been able to achieve.”

Brooks Academy and Fox Tech (6-29, 1-5) were tied for fifth place behind Cole (2-4 in district) in District 26-3A after Friday’s matches. Cole defeated Fox Tech in four games. Randolph (15-10, 4-2) defeated the Bengals 25-19, 25-12, 25-17.

The top four finishers in the district will advance to the postseason.

Brooks Academy finished Game 1 impressively against Fox Tech. After eight ties, consecutive kills from Hailey Rinewalt and Jackie Sanchez started a six-point, game-breaking run. Bengals senior Bethany Santiago contributed two kills to the spurt and had eight in the game.

Santiago also served two aces in the four-point run that ended the game.

“Bethany transferred in last year, but she (wasn’t eligible) to play varsity,” Hernandez said. “I want us to make noise for her, because I believe she can play at the next level. She doesn’t shy away from anything.”

The Buffaloes recovered to dictate the flow of play in Game 2 and most of Game 3.

Fox Tech landed six aces in Game 2, including two from Deanna Rodriguez in a four-point service run that opened a 14-11 lead. Liliana Capistran set Mercedes Villarreal for back-to-back kills, then served a pair of aces as the Buffaloes claimed a 22-14 advantage.

The Buffaloes capitalized on three straight Brooks errors to inch ahead 13-10, but the Bengals bounced back to win by five points. In Game 4, Fox Tech led 13-9 as Amber Martinez delivered a kill. The Buffaloes couldn’t hold it, however.

“We couldn’t get over that hump,” Fox Tech coach Dustin Graves said. “They were hitting well. We’re just working on our offense. The defense is coming along. The offense has to step up.”

Brooks’ Makayla Quintanilla broke Fox Tech with an eight-point service run that carried the Bengals from a 15-11 deficit into a comfortable lead. Two consecutive kills from Santiago, followed by one from Alyssa Quintanilla brought the Bengals to match point.

“They did a really good job tonight,” Hernandez said. “I’m very proud of them. We only had one girl who’d ever won a district match before.”

About Mike Considine (1551 Articles)
I started this blog as an extension of the sports stories I've been doing as an independent contractor for the Southside Reporter the past 12 years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. My purpose, in creating this blog, is to shine a light on the athletic achievements of teams and athletes on the south side of San Antonio.

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