Lady Jacks find way to win

RICHARD NELSON

editor@dibollfreepress.com

Wow, this team is going to be really good in a couple years!

The Diboll Lady Jacks have continued to get younger via player exodus, injury and illness. Diboll Coach Ron Holton had to bring up two more young players from subvarsity teams to fill in Tuesday.

However, the Lady Jacks proved they are focused not on the future, but on right now, defeating Class 4A Jacksonville the H.G. Temple gymnasium, their home-away-from-home while new bleachers are being installed at the Diboll High School gym.

And, winning now is what needs to happen with the first district match against Carthage looming at 5 p.m. Friday at the H.G. Temple campus.

Diboll lost the first game 25-18, but came back to win the next three, 26-16, 25-18, 27-25.

The Lady Jacks took a commanding lead in Game 2 on the serving of Jypsy Rosales, one of the two players filling in on varsity for just the one match. Rosales served eight points, three not returned by Jacksonville, to put the Lady Jacks up 11-1.

The lead was increased to 19-3 on the service of Mia Williams. During her run, senior Lexxus Hamilton unleashed the most thunderous kill of the night to that point, and Chloe Presnall, the other underclassman brought up for the night, notched a kill of a Jacksonville pass that came over the net.

Game 3 was a lot closer, as the lead was exchanged several times in the early going. However, Rosales served the Lady Jacks into a 17-16 lead with five points, two not returned.

The game ended with an athletic dig by Williams, and a winning shot by Rosales.

Game 4 was another see-saw affair, with neither team gaining more than a two-point lead after the first few minutes.

It was looking like there might be a need for a Game 5 when Jacksonville took a 24-23 lead and was serving for game-point. However, Hamilton came through with a big kill to tie it and, with Rosales serving again, caromed another kill off the Jacksonville block to put Rosales at the line for match point.

Unfortunately, the she suffered her first service error of the night. But, Hamilton was there to pick her up – notching another kill to give back the lead to Diboll. The match finally ended on a Jacksonville hitting error.

Diboll standouts were

Sophmore – Jypsy Rosales with 7 aces, 6 digs and 3 assists

Freshman- Mia Williams with 5 aces, 4 kills, 2 blocks and 12 digs

Sophmore- Kameri Mott with 2 aces, 4 kills and 16 digs

Sophmore- Tiffany Simmons with 3 kills, 25 assists and 6 digs

Senior- Lexxus Hamilton with 2 aces, 22 KILLS and 11 digs.