Young Lady Jacks fall in bidistrict to Lady Eagles

RICHARD NELSON-EDITOR

The Diboll Lady Jacks’ 2013 volleyball season came to an end Tuesday, as Fairfield knocked them out of the playoffs in the bidistrict match played at Grapeland High School.
Despite falling in straight games (19-25, 11-25, 10-25), the Lady Jacks improved on their first performance against Fairfield just before district play began.
This time, Diboll rebounded from a Lady Eagle scoring run in each game, but couldn’t manage to cut the deficit.
Fairfield jumped out to a 5-1 lead and then stretched it to 9-3 in Game 1. From there, Diboll matched Fairfield almost point-for-point.
Mia Williams, a freshman, recorded Diboll’s first kill of the match to cut the Fairfield lead to 9-5. After the Lady Eagles increased their lead to 18-11, Diboll senior Lexxus Hamilton had a block to end a scoring run. With sophomore Tiffany Simmons at the line, Hamilton recorded a dink and another block. A Simmons ace brought Diboll within two points.
However, Fairfield went on a six-point run to get to game-point. A service error gave Diboll the serve back, and a Williams push followed by junior Kyla Cunningham’s ace made it 24-19. But, Cunningham’s service error ended Game 1.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to 6-1 lead after sophomore Kameri Mott recorded a kill for the first point of the game. Fairfield’s Kayla Mitchell had four consecutive serves not returned by the Lady Jack defense.
Cunningham ended the run with a block. She got another block a while later to keep Diboll in the game.
The Lady Jacks stayed within 10 points for most of the game, but late-game hitting errors helped Fairfield to a five-point run to seal the Game 2 win.
Diboll and Fairfield were tied at 2 early in Game 3, as Mott recorded a kill from the back row and Hamilton pounded a ball down the line to tie the game. From there, Diboll took advantage of Fairfield hitting errors in Game 3, not getting a kill until Cunningham had a push to make it 16-8 in favor of the Lady Eagles.
Hamilton and Williams teamed up for a block at 23-12, and Hamilton followed with an ace. However, two consecutive Lady Eagle points ended the match.
Diboll finished the season with a 16-22 overall record. The Lady Jacks were third place in District 20-3A with a 4-4 record. Fairfield is 32-9 and finished second in District 19-3A with a 6-2 record.