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Lady Cougars look to finish season strong

October 7, 2018

The Crosby Lady Cougar volleyball team is in position to make it to the playoffs as they approach the home stretch of the season, and they are looking to secure that spot during that stretch.

As of their win on Friday, Oct. 5, The Lady Cougars are 8-2 in district (21-4 overall) and are two games ahead of Goose Creek Memorial for fourth place in the district and the final playoff spot and 3.5 games ahead of Texas City for fifith place with five matches left.

“I’m just taking it every day, one step at a time, hoping we advance,” said senior Erica Anderson. “I’m hoping everybody comes together with the energy we’ve had so that we do make it to playoffs, but taking one game at a time is what I’m focused on.”

Two of Crosby’s final three matches of the regular season come against Friendswood at home on Oct. 16 and at Santa Fe on Oct. 19, the top two teams in the district and the teams against whom its only district losses have come, both three sets to one.

“I wouldn’t say [those matches are about] revenge,” said sophomore Elizabeth Siemek. “Yes, we want want to win, not just because they beat us but because I feel like we can beat them, we just need to prove who we are.”

Despite losing at Friendswood on Sept. 21, coach Marissa Anderson considers it one of their best matches of the season. The Lady Cougars were up early in the first set and won the second set, the only set Friendswood has dropped in all of district play.

Anderson thinks Crosby’s 3-2 victory over Goose Creek Memorial on Sept. 11 probably its best match of the season.

The two teams alternated winning the first two sets, including Crosby’s 28-26 third set win, before Crosby won the decisive fifth set 25-10.

“I think that [match] showed a lot of our grit and our passion and our willingness to not give up on anything,” she said.

Crosby was ranked 11th in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, which came out on Oct. 1.

Marissa Anderson feels the team is more prepared as they face opponents again in the second round of district play.

“I think the main thing that is different is that we’ve seen them before,” she said. “So we kind of know a little bit of what to expect and what we can change and how we would help defend ourselves a little bit more. We’ve already played this team, so we know what they do; we know what we can do against them, and we need to just put the pedal to the metal all the way.”

Siemek said the way the team finishes out the regular season will dictate what kind of momentum they go into the playoffs with.

“I want to see my girls come out and play like a team with the most energy they’ve ever played with in their entire lives, cheering after every point, acting crazy, loving each other,” Marissa Anderson said about what she hopes to see in the final stretch of the season.

As a senior, Erica Anderson knows her volleyball career at Crosby is nearing its end.

“I just want to give it all I can, so I know when I leave that I left it all on the court,” she said

Crosby looks to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2010-2011.

elliott.lapin@hearst.com

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