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Consol Takes Down Brenham on Senior Night

October 23, 2019

The night began with the Lady-Tigers honoring and commemorating their senior players. It was a special moment for all six of the seniors as they received gifts, gave words of wisdom to the younger players, and received praise from coaches and team members. The mood was dampened when senior and starting setter Sydney McCorkle suffered a minor ankle sprain while warming up for the game. The long-term effect of this injury is not known, but it certainly had a big impact on the narrative of tonight’s game. 

It was clear from the intensity and excitement of both the A&M Consolidated Lady-Tigers and the Brenham Cubettes that this was an important game for both teams. With Consol and Brenham being second and third in district respectively, this game would be very crucial for playoff seeding. Both teams came to play in the first set, but the Cubettes, led by the strong hitting performance of Jenna Hardy, took the first set 25-16. The second set is where the momentum began to shift. The Lady-Tigers’ defense was dialed in and their offensive attack, led by Ava Derbes, was efficient and effective. The Lady-Tigers lost an element to their offense when Sydney McCorkle left the game after she seemed to grimace while lunging forward to make a play on the ball. She was able to return later that set and her precise setting was a big reason for Consol winning the second set 25-21. As the third set began, Sydney McCorckle found herself on the bench nursing her sprained ankle. The Lady-Tigers’ offense struggled to score without their senior setter, and it looked like the Cubettes defense, headed by Libero Eschete who finished with 27 digs, was going to propel them to a third-set victory. The score was 18-12 in favor of Brenham when Sydney McCorkle reentered the game, and things almost instantaneously turned around for the Lady-Tigers. They rallied around Sydney’s resilience and their offense was far more productive with her on the floor. This, along with other factors, led Consol to a 14-6 run that secured them the third set by a score of 26-24. The fourth and final set brought out the best in players like senior Jordan Kelm for Brenham and sophomore Ava Derbes for consol who both played big roles for their team. However, after a hard-fought set, the Lady-Tigers were able to secure the set and the victory. 


This win moves Consol to 10-2 in district play and drops Brenham to 8-4. The Lady-Tigers remain in second place and the Cubettes remain in third place for now. Both teams are looking to finish district play strong and begin focusing on the playoffs. 


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