NEDERLAND, Texas —
Behind the awesome hitting display by Kelsey Beard and a great all-around match by Kendall Ferguson, the Nederland Lady Bulldogs netted their first District 20-4A victory by taking down the Little Cypress-Mauricefville Lady Bears 12-25, 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, 15-8 at the Dog Dome Tuesday night.
Beard muscled her way to a match-high 17 kills and Ferguson collected 12 kills, 15 service points and five aces as Coach Toni Leach’s squad picked up a much-needed victory to go to 1-3 in 20-4A play.
The Lady Bears (2-2 in 20-4A), behind the hitting of Sarah Woods and Malayzia Winbush forced a Game Five with big kills down the stretch in Game Four.
However, the Lady Bulldogs struck quickly in the decisive game. Ferguson picked up four early kills as Nederland quickly jumped out to a 10-3 cushion. The Lady Bears got as close as 13-8 but Beard finished up the match with two service points, including an ace.
Coach Vicki Castino’s Lady Bears jumped on Nederland early in Game One as Haylea Hearn, who led LC-M with 13 kills, had six kills in the game and Woods contributed five.
It was the Lady Bulldogs’ turn in Game Two. Ferguson’s booming serves paid dividends as she served up seven straight points to increase a 8-6 Bulldog cushion to 15-6. Beard also had five of her kills in Game Two.
Nederland broke open Game Three, tallying 13 of the game’s final 20 points. Jaci Oliver and Taylor Koncaba had five kills apiece for the Lady Bulldogs in Game Three.
Oliver and Koncaba each finished with 10 kills and four points.
Kinsey Miller had an excellent night setting up her Lady Bulldog teammates and finished with eight points, three aces and four kills. Tara Gillespie had nine points and two aces for the Lady Bulldogs while Beard added eight points and two aces.
Woods finished with 10 kills for the Lady Bears. Winbush contributed nine kills while Kayleigh Roy had eight and Jade Piper six.
Demi Sheppard served up 12 points and two aces for LC-M. Josie West chimed in with nine points, an ace and three kills. Savannah Fisher had eight points and an ace and Blayne Fountain contributed six points and an ace.
The Lady Bears will look to get back over the .500 mark Friday when they play host to Orange County rival Vidor at The Bear Cave