John Tyler started strong.
Tyler Lee took over after that and finished off a 3-0 sweep victory Tuesday at Varsity Gymnasium.
The Lady Raiders won 25-13, 25-14, 25-13, moving to 22-12 overall and 6-4 in District 11-6A. The Lady Lions dropped to 11-21 overall 1-9 in district.
Robert E. Lee senior Ashley Oldham led all players with 13 kills, 11 digs and two blocks. Senior April Brown finished with eight kills and junior Macy Behm tallied five kills. Other statistical leaders for Lee were Blythe Heisey (12 digs), Anna Stone (19 assists, 6 digs), Aliyah Shirley (13 assists, 4 digs) and Neely Williams (7 aces).
John Tyler was led in the loss by junior Lacorria Rollins’ seven kills and three digs. Talia Smith, also a junior, finished with two kills and one block. Other statistical leaders for JT were Makia Moon (5 service points, 2 digs) and Alexy Valle (11 digs, 3 service points).
The Lady Lions built a 7-3 lead in Game 1, thanks to an ace from Smith and kill by Rollins.
The Lady Raiders broke serve for 7-4 and sophomore setter Anna Stone went back behind the service line. She served the next 13 points. Even a timeout in the middle of Stone’s service taken by JT did not break her streak as Stone had two aces as part of her 13-point run to give Lee a 17-7 advantage.
“We knew that John Tyler was going to come out and play aggressively,” Lee coach Kristee Porter said about the win. “They are a very athletic team and I tried to prepare my team for that before we began. Mo (Stone) is just a sophomore and I put a ton of pressure on her and she never backs down from it. Her serve is one of our best rotations, so her back their serving is good for us.”
The Lady Lions did not recover from Stone’s service run, dropping the first game 25-13.
In Game 2, JT pushed out to a 4-1 lead on kills from Rollins and Smith. Again, Lee’s serves coupled with Lady Lions hitting errors enabled the home side to race by and past JT. Three straight aces from Lee senior Neely Williams gave Lee a 19-9 lead and the Lady Raiders closed it out from there.
In Game 3, Lee took control from the start and was not threatened to close out the match.
JT coach La’Messa Derrett said her young team “got their heads down” after dropping Game 1 and did not recover.
“Inconsistency,” Derrett said. “Their kids were fired up and that is something we lack. We’ve struggled with keeping our energy up from start to finish, whether we win a point or not from start to finish.
“Our passing could have been a lot better and we had some communication breakdowns, but I have three freshmen out there on the floor at one time and they are learning (as we go).”
Lee will host North Mesquite Friday at Varsity Gym. The Lady Lions are home Friday against Mesquite Horn. Both matches are slated to start at 5:30 p.m.