Lady Harvesters rally falls short in five sets against Dumas
The Pampa Lady Harvesters (9-5, 0-1) hosted Dumas on Tuesday to open up District 4-4A play for volleyball.
After dropping the first two sets (21-25, 20-25), the Lady Harvesters rallied to take the next two sets (25-21, 25-12), but fell in the fifth set 15-10.
“We just talked about trusting our preparation (during the third set) and we were prepared for that situation and that team,” Head Coach Kaylee Samulowitz said.
“Then at that point we were trusting our abilities and playing the way we know how to play. I felt like we finally started to do that at the end of the third and the entire fourth set.
“I told them once you take it to a fifth set, it’s any body’s game at that point. We shouldn’t have been in that situation in the first place, but what can you do?”
The two teams battled back-and-forth to start the first set with senior Tynaa Mojica tying the set 4-4. Dumas began to pull away and took a seven-point lead at 16-9. The Lady Harvesters pulled within three at 22-19 with kills from sophomore Mikalie Floyd and senior Hallie Sieck.
Dumas held off the late rally and took the first set 25-21.
Mojica and senior Marcee Troxell kept the second set a one-point game in the second set at 4-3 and Dumas began to pull away at 13-8.
Floyd, Mojica and Troxell each got kills to make it a three-point game at 15-12.
Pampa pulled within one at 17-16 after a kill from senior Shelbi Burrows. Dumas staved off Pampa in the second set and took the 2-0 match lead at 25-20.
Mojica took over the start of the third set with three kills to keep it a one-point lead at 6-5 game.
Floyd, Sieck and senior Ruth Andrews continued to build on the lead and later senior Celest Ostercamp added to the lead at 15-13.
Andrews, Troxell and sophomore Hallie Hawthorne kept the Lady Harvesters ahead by two at 19-17.
Dumas re-took the lead at 20-19 before Sieck tied it and Floyd gave Pampa the 22-20 lead. Troxell gave Pampa the 24th point and a bad serve finishing off the third set 25-21 and Pampa got on the board 2-1 in the match.
Pampa picked up where they left off in the fourth set and had a 5-4 lead after kills from Mojica and Floyd.
From there, the Lady Harvesters went on a 12-2 run with several kills from Floyd off the assist from Sieck giving them the 17-6 lead.
“Hallie (Sieck) did a good job tonight and showed her fight and played really well,” Samulowitz said. “After getting Mikalie (Floyd) back after being out for a few games, she was really back to her normal self. That was a real bright spot for sure.”
Floyd and Andrews added to the lead and held off a Dumas rally extending the lead to 21-10. Mojica and Troxell finished off the set 25-12 and the game was heading to a fifth set.
The Lady Harvesters started the fifth set with a 3-2 lead off kills from Floyd. They kept a one-point lead at 8-7 later in the fifth set before Dumas took the lead from Pampa at 10-8. Troxell and Floyd each had kills but it wasn’t enough as Dumas took the fifth set and the win at 15-10.
“We played as a team in those sets (third and fourth) for sure, and that was a big difference-maker,” Samulowitz said.
“Then we talked about when the pressure is on us what do we do. I felt like tonight at times we played as individuals instead of coming together as a team when it really mattered in that fifth set.”
The Lady Harvesters return to action on Saturday when they host Borger with the varsity playing at around 1 p.m. Freshmen will start the action at 11 a.m. followed by junior varsity.
“It’s a rivalry game. We know it’s going to be intense,” Samulowitz said. “We just need to trust and play our game like us and hopefully we will be 1-1 after that. I’m looking forward to it.”
Celest Ostercamp had 30 digs and two assists; Mikalie Floyd had one assist, 11 digs, three aces and 23 kills; Ruth Andrews had an assist, 11 digs and three kills; Shelbi Burrows had an assist, 12 digs and an ace; Haley Fossett had nine digs; Hallie Hawthorne had one dig and one ace; Valerie Anguiano had a dig; Hallie Sieck had 47 assist, nine digs and four kills; Tynaa Mojica had two assist, a dig and 1