Fresh off a fine effort last week against Harlingen South, Econ could not keep the momentum going, losing the first two sets to North on the road Saturday. But the Ladyy Jags rallied as they did against South, taking the last two to set up the clincher, which they captured, 15-11.
Now 2-1 in District 31-5A and 13-5 overall, Econ got a strong game from newcomer Nicole Wilke, who contributed 10 digs and 18 service points. Other than that, it was the usual suspects for the Orange, with freshman Leigha Brown (12 kills, 9 blocks) and Kayla Silva (17/12) heading the comeback effort and Kayla Longoria, a transfer from North, chipping in with 17 assists and a solid serving night with 24 points.
North came in with two wins in league play, over Harlingen and P-SJ-A, and looked like a sure bet for an unbeaten 3-0 start, taking the first two tries, 25-20 and 25-23. But the Lady Cougars (2-1, 10-7) faltered down the stretch, despite 44 digs from all-star libero Laura Torres.
Brandy Garcia and Kristy Brandt combined for 29 kills as the Lady Coogs coped with the loss of high-jumping Jessica Martinez to an injury.
Meanwhile, EHS lost at home to P-SJ-A, falling to 2-1 after a quick start with wins over P-SJ-A Memorial and Harlingen. Alyssa Perez, working her way back into volleyball shape, had 24 digs while the frontline tandem of Beckah Rodriguez and Sarina Rios tallied 25 kills between them.
It was not enough to overcome the Lady Bears, who won in four. With all three city teams tied at 2-1, Tuesday’s match featuring EHS against Econ was an early momentum chance for both squads.