Lady Harvesters tally 16 aces in dominant sweep over Fritch

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The Pampa Lady Harvesters (6-1) hosted Fritch in their second home game of the season Tuesday night as they swept the Lady Eagles 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-10).

“We had some lineup changes with some players being injured (earlier in the season),” Head Coach Kaylee Samulowitz said. “But tonight we got back to the normal lineup we started the season with. It was nice to feel comfortable and look good while getting the win today because it’s been a while. It was a fun one today”

The Lady Harvesters found themselves in a close match early in the first set as they took a 7-5 lead following a kill from sophomore Hallie Hawthorne. A pair of kills from senior Tynaa Mojica and sophomore Mikalie Floyd game Pampa the 10-8 lead later in the set.

Pampa started to pull away as senior Shelbi Burrows nailed an ace on a serve, followed by a pair of kills from senior Ruth Andrews to give Pampa the 17-10 lead.

Senior Hallie Sieck added an ace of her own before Floyd took over the set, scoring four of the last five kills as Pampa took the first set 25-13.

The Lady Harvesters’ dominant serving game was the difference-maker in the final two sets. Leading 8-7 following a Sieck kills and Burrows on the serve, the Lady Harvesters took a commanding 17-7 lead with Burrows racking up many of her eight aces in the game. 

“We finished with 16 aces, that’s pretty impressive,” Samulowitz said. “That’s something we’ve been trying to focus on today. We set goals before every day and Shelbi said she wanted at least four errors and no errors. She finished with eight aces and no errors. She got us going and was a game-changer in that second set.”

Floyd added a pair of kills to give Pampa the 20-10 lead followed by a pair of kills from Mojica as Pampa won the second set 25-15.

Not to be shown up by her teammate, Sieck started on the serve in the third set and Pampa took a 7-1 lead as she scored three aces in that period. 

“Hallie is invaluable,” Samulowitz said. We couldn’t do what we do without her. She finished with 38 assists which is insane. The way she runs our offense and commands the court you don’t see that a lot. We are lucky to have her on our team.”

Floyd added a pair of aces of her own during her serve as Pampa took an 11-1 lead.

Junior Haley Fossett took the serve and Pampa took a 20-4 lead. 

The Lady Harvesters’ offense continued to over-power Fritch and they took the sweep with the 25-10 Set 3 win.

The Lady Harvesters return to action Friday when they travel to Burkburnett for duals with the host team and Decatur.

“We haven’t played Decatur since I’ve been here but they are historically a really strong team,” Samulowitz said. “I’m looking forward to being tested in that way. We usually play Burkburnett at their tournament and they are usually pretty close to our level. Those should be two pretty good teams to get us ready for District.”

Stat round-up

Celest Ostercamp had an ace, two assists and five digs; Haley Fossett had three digs; Hallie Hawthorne had two kills and a block; Hallie Sieck had four aces, six kills, 38 assists and one dig; Jasmine Martinez had three digs; Marcee Troxell had a dig; Mikalie Floyd had three aces, 14 kills and 10 digs; Ruth Andrews had four kills, a block and a dig; Shelbi Burrows had eight aces and two digs; Tynaa Mojica had seven kills and three blocks.

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