Thorndale trying to avoid a repeat of last season’s district results

Lady Dogs equal 2010 win total in league opener

Jamie Bymer logged 10 digs. Jamie Bymer logged 10 digs. Thorndale Lady Dogs have opened up 27-2A action and sit at 1-1 after losing to Jarrell and defeating Holland over the last week. The team is now 18-8 on the season.

On Tuesday night at Bulldog Gym, Thorndale just could not pull it out, falling to Jarrell 18-25, 25-15, 5-20, 21-25, 14-16. It was also the annual “Pink Out” game for the Lady Dogs to support breast cancer awareness.

Serving errors gave up too many points to the Lady Cougars for Thorndale to overcome.

Heather Butterworth led the team in kills with 10 and also had 24 digs. Shelbie Maupin set 24 assists, Marlene Hall had 35 digs, Alex Guerra had 19 digs, Kristen Butterworth had 17 dogs and Jamie Brymer.

The Lady Dogs opened up 27-2A play on Friday when they hosted Florence. It took four sets, but Thorndale managed the win 17-25, 27-25, 25-13, 25-10.

“Florence was very scrappy and we just kept hitting the ball right to them,” second year head coach Lisa Coehlo said. “In the second game it started to clock and we started hitting the to holes , reading the blocks and transitioning off the next quicker.”

Olivia Atkins led Thorndale with 10 kills and five blocks, followed by Tamicka Cook with seven kills and Shelbie Maupin setting 25 assists.

The Lady Dogs defense is really starting to take shape with several girls recording double digit dig totals: Heather Butterworth 16, Alex Guerra 16, Kristen Butterworth 15, Marlene Hall 13, Jamie Brymer 10. Cara Goetz also had two blocks for the team.

“We are finally understanding that we can recover after the loss. Last year we just couldn’t come back from losing a set,” Coehlo said. “The girls have that never give up attitude. I love that attitude.”

Thorndale will travel to Academy on Saturday for three games beginning at 1 p.m. and then hit the road to No. 17 ranked Lago Vista on Tuesday, Sept. 20 for three games starting at 5 p.m.

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