Coahoma, TX – The Class 3A Bi-District playoff game between Odessa Compass Academy and Jim Ned proved to be a four-set (25-23, 25-20, 16-25, 25-23) thriller in the Coahoma gymnasium on Tuesday.
Three of the four sets were nail-biters, with the lone decisive victory coming from a third set that favored the Lady Cougars. Unfortunately, the three close sets all went Jim Ned’s way. Carleigh Jones and Paige Jones led the offensive attack for Compass with Carleigh recording nine kills, two digs, and an assist. Paige finished with four kills, six assists, and seven digs. Haley Stillwell turned in another solid performance with five assists and six digs. Defensively, Lou Lou Molinar provided 11 digs, while Kinzee Jamierson and Camille Kubacak were each credited with five blocks.
Jim Ned led through much of the opening set. Compass was able to rally late in the set behind a Stillwell ace that paved the way to a four-point run to knot the affair at 23-23. The Lady Indians regained the advantage for a 25-23 first set win. The second set followed in similar fashion. The Lady Cougars trailed by three until Kyra Ayers served up three consecutive points to tie the match at 19-19. Again, Jim Ned regained the upper hand for a 25-20 decision.
Trailing by two sets, Team Blue made its stand in the third set. Molinar led a four-point surge for an early 5-1 edge. After an exchange of serves and points, an ace by Jamierson led Compass to three quick points to push the lead to 13-6. The Lady Indians could only watch as the Lady Cougars rode the momentum to a 16-7 and 20-12 lead. Carleigh Jones served up the next volley of points for a dominating 25-16 Compass victory.
Poised to even the match at two sets each, the Lady Cougars battled the Lady Indians to stay even at 6-6 before Ayers gave Compass a slight 9-6 lead. Jim Ned came back to re-deadlock the set at 13-13. Back-and-forth an exchange of kills and digs left the two teams knotted at 22-22. The Lady Indians were delighted recipients to what was called a ‘deflected return’ that bounced directly in front of the scorekeeper’s table. Jim Ned took full advantage and scored the final two points for a 25-23 fourth set loss for Compass. The playoff run and season had come to an end.
The Lady Cougars will take a multitude of positives from the 2021 season, including celebrating Compass Academy’s first senior player – Kinzee Jamierson. There’s a very bright future for a team that will return virtually the full complement of its varsity roster in 2022.
Bi-District vs Jim Ned
(25-23, 25-20, 16-25, 25-23)
C Jones 9, P Jones 4, L Satterwhite 1, K Jamierson 1, K Ayers 1
C Kubacak 5, K Jamierson 5, P Jones 2, C Jones 2, L Satterwhite 1
P Jones 6, H Stillwell 5, L Molinar 1, C Jones 1
L Molinar 11, P Jones 7, K Ayers 6, H Stillwell 6, J Rivera 4, C Jones 2, L Satterwhite 2, C Villasana 2
K Jamierson 1, C Jones 1