It’s been a rough go this season for the H.M. King Lady Brahmas volleyball team, but there is still optimism for turning things around with more than half of the District 31-4A schedule left to be played.
Head coach Amy Hrncir has seen her team endure an up and down campaign that she feels could be better if more consistency followed a young, but promising Brahmas squad.
Tuesday night against Laredo Nixon, a former power player in District 29-5A before moving down in classification this year, the Lady Brahmas (4-15 overall, 1-3 district) couldn’t find a rhythm and were swept in three straight games.
"We just couldn’t get it going. I don’t know if it was the long trip or what," coach Hrncir said. "We’d do something really great like getting a big dig or a kill, but then we’d follow it up by doing something bad."
It was a disappointing outing for Hrncir who went into the district match feeling confident about the Lady Brahmas chances against a team they’d faced earlier this season in tournament play.
"I felt like we had a good shot at beating them because we’d gone five games against them at a tourney before we lost," Hrncir said. "It didn’t go too well against Nixon…they showed up to play and we didn’t."
Despite the disappointment, Hrncir and staff are still optimistic that the Lady Brahmas can turn their fortune around with only four district games having been completed and 10 remaining headed into the weekend. The Lady Brahmas hosted the Laredo Lyndon B. Johnson Lady Wolves on Saturday and return to action Tuesday night, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Calallen followed by an Oct. 4 date at 6 p.m. with C.C. Flour Bluff at the Brahmas gym.
Although the next block of games are tough on paper, anything can happen when you bump, set and spike with continuity.
"We want to come out with a victory against Laredo LBJ and hope that that will get us going and give us a jump start,” she said.
Hrncir and her staff have also been positive with the girls, although, it’s been tough handling losses they felt they could have won or been more competitive.
"We’ve told the girls that we know they have the ability to play against anyone and even win," Hrncir said.
She even saw some immediate changes after this week’s setback.
"We had a very good practice Wednesday after losing to Nixon…that made me feel really good about the team’s attitude,” she said.