Athletes Of The Week: St. Joe Volleyball

Our Athletes Of The Week are the St. Joe volleyball team. With an 18-4 regular season record, Lady Flyer volleyball, flying high into the postseason. St. Joe, punching their ticket to the TAPPS 5A state tournament for the first time since 2013, and embracing all the heightened expectations that come with it. Said junior Savannah Wharton, “I think of course we’re kind of jittery, because it’s our first time, like this group going to the state tournament. But I think we’re ready.” Said sophomore Maiya Tillman, “Definitely. I think it adds to it because there is so much at stake but we’re just gonna go out there and play like we always do and try our best.” The Lady Flyers, not short on experience by any means. Most of the team has played together for the last three years, creating a chemistry that’s palpable both on and off the court. “Not only does everyone have a really strong passion just to play, we all work really well together and we have a really strong team chemistry and I think it shows.” Said junior Kyleigh Netherly, “The fact that we were all, we’ve known each other previously. We kind of have that foundation, of, we know each other, we know everyone’s background, we know where we’ve come from. So yeah, it’s basically like the foundation.” Helping matters further, St Joe, coached by a former Lady Flyer, Summer Brooks, who helped the team reach state back in 2009. Brooks’ players say her experience has kept them on track. “Like Fort Bend, after we won that was such an amazing win but if we focus on that win throughout the week, it’s not gonna help us go forward and win state. So that’s one of the big things she’s taught us, is enjoy the moment, enjoy your success but remember to move on.” Regardless of the outcome against San Antonio Christian on Friday, one thing remains clear. These Lady Flyers, having the time of their lives. Sean Coffey, Newscenter 25 Sports.

The Victoria College Pirates swept past Northwest Vista College 25-12, 25-22, 25-11 in a Texas Collegiate Club Sports League match Thursday night at VC’s Sports Center.

The Pirates were led by Palacios grad Kate Sexton, who had 13 kills and seven digs. Goliad grad Katy Salvager had seven kills and 11 digs, Columbus grad Gabby Weido tallied seven kills and seven digs, and Edna grad Bailey Brown posted 24 assists.