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+ Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press August 31,2016 BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH news@haysfreepress.com After a week off from competition, the Hays Lady Rebels showed signs of rust, but were able to secure a 25-18, 25-21, 25-16 win in straight sets over the San Marcos Lady Rattlers Tuesday thanks to a concerted team effort. The Lady Rebels started the match strong pushing the score to 6-0 in the first set, resulting in a quick timeout by Rattlers Head Coach Michelle Moreno. "We just started off a little slow," Moreno said. "I think that is probably what caused us to dig that big hole." Although they were consistently facing an uphill battle, the Lady Rattlers seemed to play their best when their backs were against the wall. Every time it looked as if the Rebels were going to coast to victory, the Rattlers fought their way back. Hays' execution was good enough to win the match in straight sets, but it wasn't good enough in the opinions of the Rebels. "We've got a lot of little kinks to work out," Hays Junior Kacie Hall said after the game. The Lady Rebels had played 21 games in a short period of time, and then had an entire week off from competition. "We didn't have a game on Friday, so I knew coming into today we were going to have a little bit of rust," Rebel head coach Stephanie Coates said. "We needed the break, but I think tonight for us some of the things we struggled with was just Hays High senior Mackenzie Coates (11, right) blocks a kill attempt rior player during a match played at the Fraulein Tournament at New Coates scored 33 assists in Tuesday's match in San Marcos. "We didn't have a game on Friday, so I knew coming into today we were going to have a little bit of rust ... We needed the break, but I think tonight for us some of the things we struggled with was just being smooth. We've been very smooth." - Stephanie Coates, Rebel head coach being smooth. We've been "I think we were a little very smooth." off tonight. I do think we The Rebels "rust" was communicated well, but most evident near the I also think we allowed end of each set, where runs that we don't usually they allowed the Lady allow," Coates said. Rattlers to go on runs of Hays Highs Kaitlyn 8-2, 12-3 and 8-5. Krafka led the way with PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III from a Westwood War- Braunfels Canyon High. a game high 14 kills, five aces and a team high nine digs. Lady Rebel Mackenzie Coates finished the game with 33 assists. The Lady Rebels combined for six total team blocks on the night. San Marcos' Taylor Henderson and Alexandra Contreras each tallied ten kills in the match. The Lady Rebels are hosting their annual "Rebel Bash" varsity tournament this weekend. Pool play begins 9 a.m. Thursday. Hays will host Fredericksburg in a non- district match Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Bales Gym. Ab Thyme PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVIS TUCKER BB A large peloton pedals the parking lot of the Twisted X Brewery during the 2016 Austin Community Ride, which was held Aug. 27. Proceeds from the event benefitted 1,400 Miles, which is a ride that stretches from Austin to Denver, CO with the primary goal of prostate health awareness. The Austin Community Ride is a prelude to the "Big Ride," with participants riding 24, 46 and 60-mile lengths. Lehman Football Continued from pg. 1B 4- rushed for 185 yards and made both of Lehman's touchdowns, highlighted by an 86-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. But the Lobos were stymied by an equally charged Westwood defense, which limited their abilities to gather movement. Hindering the Lobos was the inability to maintain possession. Raymond said the team had to "quit running certain plays" due to ball security issues. Lehman committed six fumbles in the game, losing three of them. On the opposite side, Westwood's offense thrived against a Lehman defense that was unable to stop them. Led by quarterback Will ]ennings and run- ning back Prince Ugwu, Westwood compiled 463 yards of total offense. The Warriors exacted most of their damage through the air, as the Warrior pass at- tack gained 295 yards. Raymond said the game plan was to keep Jennings in the pocket, in order to limit his play making ability. "(]ennings) is a slip- PH~OBYCHA~R~LPH~O Lehman High senior wide receiver Tyler Henderson (11) pow- ers his way pasts a pair of Westwood Warrior defenders as he makes his way downfield during Friday's season opener. Hen- derson, who rushed for over 185 yards in the game, scored both of Lehman's touchdowns. pery kid. We thought we got pressure on him and he slides through there," Raymonds aid. "They don't drop the ball either." Westwood led 14-0 after a quarter, then ex- panded its lead to 35-7 at halffime. Taking care of the little things, such as limiting turnovers and penalties is the focus for Raymond as the team readies for its game against McCal- lum Thursday. The Lobos committed ten penalties for 110 yards. "Our margin for error is small," Raymond said. "When we're taking care of details, we're pretty good. But when we can't take care of those details, it's pretty evident."