Lady Rattlers defeat Anderson to claim district's No. 2 playoff seed

Photo by Gerald Castillo

San Marcos Volleyball

The Lady Rattlers found themselves in another five-set battle on Friday night in their third match against the Anderson Trojans. This time around, the winner would represent District 14-6A in the playoffs as the two-seed.

San Marcos struggled early and dropped the first set, but rallied behind senior middle blocker Taylor Henderson and her game-high 18 kills. Anderson and the Lady Rattlers battled back-and-forth but San Marcos was able to pull away in the final set (19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-15, 15-11).

Freshman setter Julia Antu bounced back from a tough performance against Austin-Bowie on Oct. 24 and recorded 32 of the team's 45 assist. Junior middle blocker Shyeann Lampkin continued to produce offense with 16 kills of her own as well.

Defensively, junior libero Celie Contreras has made her presence felt since returning from a concussion injury. Contreras recorded 33 digs on the night. San Marcos had three players finish the match with double-digit digs en route to 91 on the night.

“Our motto has been give it all you got,” senior Juliana Natal said. “Everybody is contributing and I’m really excited about how our season is going so good.”

San Marcos moves into the playoffs as the two-seed.

Due to the win, the Lady Rattlers will now host Cedar Ridge on Oct. 30 inside the Snake Pit. The Raiders finished the regular season 27-15 overall, 7-5 in District 13-6A.

“We’ve developed a lot as a whole coming from the first time around district,” Henderson said. “I’m really excited (about the playoff run). Because I feel like we have a really good chance of performing good.”

Senior outside hitter Haley Schlather said a lot of the success this year contributed from giving up of a month of summer to train. San Marcos saw a lot of non-district competition before finishing the season with a 7-3 district record.

“There’s so many emotions,” Schlather said. “Being a senior especially. Because this could possibly be our last game even though I know it’s not going to be. But it is a lot of emotion to take care of but I just want to produce for my team and make them proud. I’m just really excited about what we’re about to do.”

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