By CONSTANCIO MARTINEZ, JR.
Special to the PRESS
LA FERIA, TX—This past Monday, October 23, the Port Isabel Lady Tarpons played their last regular season game against the visiting La Feria Lady Lionettes.
The Lady Tarpons jumped out to a 3-0 start in the first set, but La Feria came roaring back to win the set 25-13. The second set was a more competitive game, but La Feria eventually won the set 28-25.
As the third set got underway, the teams started trading points as La Feria took an early 3-2 lead. Fatigue set in for the Lady Tarpons as the Lady Lionettes went on a 6-1 run. PI managed to cut into La Feria’s lead but still trailed 10-6.
After a long rally, La Feria could not return the ball to the field of play, but they still led 18-14. PI’s Emily Burrage got off an excellent serve. As the Lady Lionettes returned the ball, but PI’s Valery Gonzalez had a thunderous spike for the kill. Gonzalez was in the zone as she went on to have two more spike kills as the Lady Tarpons tied the game at 18-18.
The teams went on to trade points. Behind Gonzalez’s outstanding play at the net, PI tied the game at 22-22. La Feria regained the lead but could not return PI’s Kimberly Barrera’s serve as PI took a 24-23.
Unfortunately, PI made critical mistakes at the end as La Feria won the third set 26-24.
Head coach Johvonne Howard was proud of her team’s effort all season.
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