Trojans outlasted by Rebels

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The CHHS Trojans played their most competitive match of the year on Tuesday, but lost in straight sets to G.W. Long.

The Trojans hung with Rebels falling 20-25, 23-25, 19-25.

“We played our best match of the season,” said head coach Jennifer Sikes said. “They did very well. They had some mental mistakes when it came to communication, but they did everything they were supposed to do.”

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Sikes said the squad took a step in the right direction on Tuesday.

“We had several blocks, and our serves were much better,” Sikes said. “We had several kills. They were much more competitive. They looked like they were much more comfortable in their skin.”

The Charles Henderson team came into Tuesday’s match 0-3, and despite the loss Sikes said she saw more energy and effort from her players.

“There was excitement on the bench tonight that we haven’t had,” Sikes said. “Everybody, whether they got in the game or not, played a part. They did exceptionally well. The excitement was there, and I feel their confidence is building. They are starting to realize they can do it. They just have to put forth the effort and do what they are being told.”

Freshman Sydney Watson finished the match with five blocks. Senior Lindsay Fox finished with seven points, four of which came from aces. Freshman Mykyia Milton had six kills on the night with three blocks and four points.

“It’s a good thing knowing that the middle school program is paying off,” Sikes said. “They have been over there three years and they are starting to get it and enjoy the game. That makes a difference when you have a feeder program feed into your high school. (Milton and Watson) stood up to the challenge, and they did well.”

The Trojans host Houston Academy on Thursday.

“We played them this weekend in a tournament and did fairly well against them,” Sikes said. “I think the girls are looking forward to playing them and getting a win under their belt and beating a team that has beaten them a couple of times.”

The junior varsity squad will begin play at 4:30 p.m.; the varsity squad will follow.