After the weekend of scrimmages, the volleyball season opens Tuesday

It wasn’t the volleyball that drew the most comments after the scrimmage at Pasadena Memorial High School this past Friday, it was that strange liquid, and lots of it, falling from the sky.

It was a welcome drought-busting shower, but isn’t that what all those 25 and 30-minute scrimmages in the local gyms this past weekend were all about, to help prevent droughts in the win column?

From Huffman to Galveston Ball, out-of-town teams came from all over to participate in scrimmages at the various gyms, getting that one annual look against other clubs to see where teams stand heading into the 2022 campaign.

Yes, it’s quick and snappy as we all know by now when it comes to volleyball. After all, it was just one week ago that practices were permitted to start.

But those scrimmages did their job once more. Wrinkles were everywhere as they should be with the grand total of four practices and two days of scrimmages.

Pasadena finished two days of scrimmages at its complex by opposing Morton Ranch High School Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Eagles had leads of 19-15, 21-16 and 32-27 in the 30-minute practice game, before Morton Ranch took a 38-35 decision. It was essentially a dead heat because Morton Ranch jumped out to a 7-3 lead.

Pasadena would have won the scrimmage were it not for the play of Nevaeh (Heaven spelled backwards) Donahoe. Donahoe gave Pasadena’s defense all sorts of fits.

The fundamentals looked in pretty good order. Of Morton Ranch’s opening eight points, three were due to Pasadena service errors. But after that, the team committed just one flub from the service line.

“We ran a 6-2 and also a 5-1 to see what was going to fit and be better. Last year, we ran a 6-2 and this we’ll be able to run both,” said Pasadena head coach Carmen Solis after the match.

By introducing a 5-1, it means the Lady Eagles anticipate more hitters along the front row, either three or two, depending on when the setter rotates to the front row.

Pasadena will have plenty of new faces on varsity this year and that’s why Solis was ferrying in players as much as possible during the scrimmages.

“But the thing is, we have some power. We have players who know what shot selections they need to have and we have a lot of athleticism. That’s going to help us. That’s always good, right?” Solis said.

Of Pasadena Memorial’s scrimmages on Friday, the most competitive was the contest with Crosby that wound up with the Lady Cougars eking out a 28-25 victory. Crosby has some nice size up front and that’s where their points came from.

Outside of a run of five points, Memorial’s digs and blocks didn’t permit any long stretches of Crosby scores. But Crosby was doing the same, only giving the Lady Mavs some bite-sized success. Their best run was four straight points late in the contest that turned a 24-19 deficit into a 24-23 score.

The final five points featured two very long volleys. Crosby endured one long back-and-forth stretch and the Lady Mavs the other.

The team also scrimmaged Humble and took that contest 35-21. The Lady Mavs showed a nice blend of tips and stronger shots, while feasting on Humble serve-receive struggles.

Tuesday’s season-opening schedule has Memorial and Dobie both in Baytown. The Lady Mavs will be at Lee for a 6:30 match and the Longhorns will compete against Sterling, starting at 6.

Pasadena travels to Galveston Ball for a 6:30 match, while South Houston will entertain Aldine in a 5:30 contest in the Trojans Gym.

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