The Douglas Lady Bulldogs played three matches in three days last week, two of which were on the road, emerging with a 1-2 record.
Earlier in the preseason preview, which ran in the Douglas Dispatch, Douglas’ coach Carlos Chavez referred to this road stretch as a very rough stretch which included road games at Casa Grande and Tucson with a home match in between. One of those matches was the region opener.
The Lady Bulldogs kicked off the week with an impressive three set to two win over the Casa Grande Cougars at Casa Grande on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Douglas lost the first set, 25-17, then won sets two and three 25-21 and 25-20 before dropping the fourth set 25-20 tying the match at two. The Lady Bulldogs took the fifth set, 17-15.
“The girls played really well against a very good Casa Grande team,” coach Carlos Chavez said. “It was probably the best match we’ve played all season.”
The Lady Bulldogs recorded 42 kills this match as Aylssa Linden had 16 of those kills; Isabel Tanabe followed with 10, Deyanira Victor had nine and Madison Green seven.
Eighteen hours after returning home after midnight, the Lady Bulldogs were back at home taking on a Flowing Wells team that was a little cocky.
Douglas trailed the first set 22-18 but rallied to win 26-24. The Lady Caballeros then took the next three sets 25-18, 25-20, and 25-20 coming away with a 4-1 win.
“It was a tough back to back night, especially after arriving after midnight and then trying to perform at your best,” Coach Chavez said. “We had 42 kills the night before, 17 tonight. We just didn’t seem to have any legs. I feel we did the best we could. We were right there against a good 5A team.”
On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Lady Bulldogs kicked off Gila Region play with a three set to two loss to Amphi.
The Lady Bulldogs won the first two sets, 28-26 and 25-21, before dropping the next three, 25-16, 25-22 and 15-12.
Douglas was stymied by 16 points it gave up on service errors this match. The Lady Bulldogs did have 35 kills as Tanabe and Linden each had 11.
“We let a region game get away from us tonight,” Coach Chavez said after the loss. “We took the first two sets, then lost our focus. We could have had our first region win last night. Sometimes I don’t know what team will show up. I have seen these girls play so good together, but I have also seen them play so bad. I am at a loss for words. We just keep letting opportunities slip away from us.”
Douglas, 3-5 overall, 1-1 in conference, 0-1 in region, has just two matches this homecoming week. The Lady Bulldogs will host Rio Rico on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the DHS gym before heading to Walden Grove on Wednesday, Oct. 2.