After playing nine games in a tournament over the weekend, Guyer coach Heather Van Noy thought her team might be fatigued coming into Tuesday night’s match against Aledo.
But the Lady Wildcats showed no signs of rust.
Guyer pounced on the Lady Bearcats from the outset, building a commanding lead in every set. And behind 25 assists, seven aces and six kills from Alabama commit Brooke Slusser, the Lady Wildcats cruised to a 25-16, 25-17, 25-15 sweep of Aledo at Guyer High School, improving to 9-2 on the year.
“I was worried about how worn out we were coming out of nine matches on Saturday,” Van Noy said. “But we found our rhythm, even with one of our starters out. I was proud of how other girls stepped up when I needed them to. To me, that says a lot about the confidence they have in each other. And that, to me, is worth its weight in gold.”
Guyer opened the first set on an 8-3 run, punctuated by a ferocious kill from Kentucky commit Jordyn Williams. She finished the match tied for the team lead with nine kills.
The Lady Wildcats tallied 14 aces as a team, as Aledo struggled to return Guyer’s serves. Williams’ second ace gave the Lady Wildcats a 20-10 lead.
She later gave Guyer the first set victory, putting down one of her nine kills.
“I think we use our serve as part of our offense,” Van Noy said. “If we don’t have to deal with the ball coming back over, that’s less we have to worry about. I think that tonight with 14 aces, that was a big part of our success.”
Slusser then ignited a 13-1 rally to start the second set, serving back-to-back aces to give the Lady Wildcats a double-digit advantage. The 5-11 junior said building early leads has been a focal point early in the season.
“As a team, if we don’t start off with energy, we don’t start the game well at all,” Slusser said. “We lost a really good middle hitter last year, so now we have to focus on getting a lead fast and pulling away.”
Guyer rattled off four straight points to begin the decisive third set and made it 11-5 on a Maggie Walsh kill. Walsh ended the night with 12 digs, seven kills and two aces.
Slusser’s final kill gave the Lady Wildcats a 21-13 lead, and moments later, Arkansas commit Hailey Schneider ended the match with her ninth kill of the night.
Guyer’s next test will be a road game against Prosper, a team that advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs last year. Slusser said picking up a win against a talented Aledo team was crucial to give the Lady Wildcats some momentum.
“I think it really helps us,” Slusser said. “Our team hasn’t really gotten a lot of big wins under our belt yet. We’ve just been scrimmaging Lake Dallas and a few small schools. This really meant a lot to us.”