GRANDVIEW, Texas — When it comes to rivalries, there are few as intense as Maypearl versus Grandview.
An emotionally charged Lady Panthers match — a battle between District 17-3A's two undefeated teams — on Tuesday against the Lady Zebras at Grandview High School Gymnasium was no different.
"Grandview showed up to play," Wood said. "That's the best I've seen them play in about three years. They had something to prove and had a chip on their shoulder. We didn't. We thought it was going to be an easy game. They did everything they needed to do to win and we didn't."
Maypearl High School, which traveled to the battle on Zebra Lane on a six-game win streak and had solid performances from juniors Peyton Pogue and Katie Gann and sophomore Steelie Ledbetter, lost the match 25-20, 25-20 and 27-25.
Pogue finished the match first in kills (6) and third in digs (11) behind Ledbetter (18) and Gann (15) and Gann added 13 assists, two blocks and one ace.
"It was a big rivalry game and we all wanted to win that one really badly," said Pogue, a Lady Panthers' outside hitter. "We need to know we can pick ourselves up when we're down and work on getting one point then another and then another and use the energy from our crowd. All we can do is learn from the loss and remember we have another game against them."
Senior Bailey Boston posted a game-high 12 blocks and freshman Macy Terry led the Lady Panthers in aces with three.
Though Grandview took control early and the Lady Panthers had to mount deficit-erasing rallies during the first two sets, the latter led the third by at least four points for the majority of the set.
Despite their late resurgence, Jim Wood, the head volleyball coach at Maypearl High School, said his team was outplayed in a match it should have won.
"We weren't out talented. We were outplayed," Wood said. "I still think, at pretty much every position, we have better girls than they do. Everybody [inth locker room] knew we didn't play our best and that they made mistakes. It starts with me and I'm going to take some of the blame for this, too. I fee like this is partly my fault. I've got to design a better practice and make sure the girls stay focused.
"They know we let this game get away. They've only had one district loss in the last two years and two in three years. Sometimes they expect to show up and win and it's not always like that. We'll use this as motivation to move forward and rebuild."
The loss, which ended the first round of district play, dropped Maypearl to second place in 17-3A. They will face Blooming Grove High School at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at MHS Gymnasium. The Lady Panthers are 6-0 at home and defeated the Lady Lions 3-0 on Sept. 10.
EXTRA SETS: The junior varsity Maypearl Lady Panthers (7-0 in District 17-3A) remained undefeated in District 17-3A after knocking off Grandview High School 25-20 and 25-10 Friday at GHS Gymnasium.
"The freshmen have never really been involved in the rivalry because Grandview hadn't been in their district, so this is the first time they had a chance to play them," said Tayor Daugherty, the head coach of the JV Lady Panthers, about the five freshmen on the 10-girl roster. "They were ready to come out and play and took care of business. The team's taken what we worked on in practice this week and transferred it to the game. It's what they've done all year."