Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

August 13, 2013

Corsicana volleyball team opens season with a win

Mike Phillips
Daily Sun

Corsicana — New coach.

New offense.

New defense.

New beginning.

What’s it all mean to Corsicana’s volleyball team? Well, on Tuesday night it meant a 1-0 start when the Tigers took care of Waco High, beating the Lady Lions, 25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19, to take the first steps of a new season.

Sure, there’s nothing better than an opening night win, but Corsicana’s new coach Ashley Grace wants more — so much more from her kids.

“It was a win,’’ Grace said after beating Waco. “But we want a better win. We want to be more dominating. We want to be more aggressive. We’ve just got to be hungry.’’

The Tigers had their moments, especially freshman Caroline Biltz, who looks like anything but a freshman.

Biltz made her high school debut against Waco in style, leading Corsicana with 20 kills and five aces. Ironically, Biltz played for Waco’s 14-and-under club team this summer and was a big reason Waco finished third n the nation in a national tournament in Dallas.

Her older sister, Briana, a senior, had 13 assists and a block in the opening game.

Carly Cates had seven assists and a couple of aces, and Kim Moreno had four aces to help the Tigers, who were in control for most of the four games. MaKenzie Lee had two blocks at the net to help the cause.

The Tigers lost a tough match to Fairfield in the nightcap, falling to the Lady Eagles in five after taking a two games to one lead. Corsicana won the opener, 25-21, lost, 25-17, then came back to win 25-21 in the third game. But Fairfield evened the match with a 25-19 win, and hung on to beat Corsicana, 15-9, in the finale. Caroline Biltz had 18 kills against Fairfield while her sister Briana finished with 11 kills and two aces. Lee had four blocks, and Mychellette Andrews had two blocks and two kills. Cecila Lopez had three aces.