The Temple Tem-Cats volleyball team showed flashes of brilliance Tuesday night against the District 18-5A leading Bryan Lady Vikings but also showed the same problems that have plagued it all season â€” unforced errors and mental mistakes.
The end result was a 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 sweep by the Lady Vikings at Wildcat Gym that officially eliminated the Tem-Cats (9-16, 1-8) from postseason contention.
The Tem-Cats were tough on Bryan all night, primarily defensively. Templeâ€™s back row â€” led by libero Ariyan Johnson, who had 11 digs â€” caused fits for the Lady Vikingsâ€™ front line, picking up a total of 39 digs.
â€śOur coach has told us we have to be mentally ready,â€ť Johnson said. â€śBe confident and get to the next ball. Weâ€™ve been working on that all week in practice.â€ť
The back lineâ€™s effectiveness was evident early as Temple led the first set 12-8, before Bryan took a timeout to regroup.