The North Zulch volleyball team now find themselves in a battle for a playoff spot after they split two matches over the week.
After defeating Lovelady in straight sets last Tuesday, the Bulldogs fell to Grapeland in five sets on Friday night.
“We need to win the games we’re supposed to win and upset a couple of teams that beat us the first time around,” said head coach Kim Branch on what her team must do to qualify for the postseason. “We are capable of winning and solidifying a spot, we just made our road a little more difficult.”
Despite the loss in Grapeland, Branch was impressed by the play of freshman Cheyenne Wallin.
The Bulldogs had a chance to get back on track last night with another road contest in district against Centerville. They will return home on Friday for the first time in two weeks when they host Normangee.
The Bulldogs fell in five sets when they faced Centerville at home on Sept. 8. Fifteen points wasn’t enough to settle the fifth and final set and they ended up losing 20-18.
While North Zulch will have to play well and overcome some obstacles to qualify for the playoffs, they have the luxury of spending most of the remaining regular season games at home. They have struggled in conference play so far, but most of the contests have been road trips.
Of their six remaining regular season matchups on the schedule, the Bulldogs will play in North Zulch for five of them. The only road game left to play will be a rematch with Kennard, who the Bulldogs beat handily in North Zulch on Sept. 19. They claimed the victory in straight sets and didn’t allow Kennard to post more than 16 points.
The Bulldogs will welcome Normangee to North Zulch on Friday. The Junior Varsity squads will start at 4 p.m. immediately followed by Varsity at 5. They will then welcome district opponents Iola and Latexo the following week.