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Marble Falls volleyball strong in four-team scrimmage

Marble Falls High School senior outside hitter Taylor Brackenridge falls to the court to make a good pass to the setter during the Lady Mustangs' scrimmage against Austin Hyde Park on Aug. 8. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro


MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School volleyball team is backing up its words with sound play.

That was the case during a four-team scrimmage the Lady Mustangs hosted Aug. 8.

Marble Falls outscored Lampasas, Austin Hyde Park and Killeen Harker Heights during the controlled matchups.

The 45-minute scrimmages simulated normal matches with each team running its offense and defense complete with serving and officials.

Lady Mustangs head coach Julie Downs said she noticed a little drop of energy from her players from one opponent to the next.

Still, she commended them for winning the majority of the long rallies against Hyde Park, which will be important come district. Downs said Marble Falls must force and win some five-set matches during District 25-5A play, which starts against Georgetown East View on Sept. 12.

“There’s no question. We will pull everything we can, whatever it takes,” she said. “You still have to push through those levels. We need to make sure we’re more consistent. We need to make sure we’re moving better.”

During the scrimmages, the Lady Mustangs executed more fake jumps and combinations then they have in the past. Downs said that’s the result of having more experienced athletes this season.

“We have the personnel … who can run those options,” she said.

The Lady Mustangs open the season 7 p.m. Aug. 12 against Burnet at The Doghouse, 1000 The Green Mile in Burnet.