SAN ANTONIO –
The Ro-Hawks met the Brooks Charter School Bengals Friday, beating them three out of four sets to win the match.
"We didn't have to go to five," said Sylvia Kuwamura, the Ro-Hawk head coach. Most matches are decided based on the best three out of five sets.
Friday's win returned the Ro-Hawks to the rhythm of defeating their rivals.
"I'm extremely proud of our great start of the season," Ms. Kuwamura said. "But we still have a long season ahead of us. I need the girls to see that we have to take it one game at a time. Of course, our goal is to make it to the playoffs, but they have to focus on the game they are preparing for on the schedule first, get that victory first, before they look to the future."
The Ro-Hawks have a nearly undefeated season, losing a home game Sept. 7 against the Blanco High School Panthers.
"One step at a time, one game at a time," she said. "The girls have worked hard and started their season with a few wins under their belt. The hardest part is beginning now."
Belinda Gould, the mother of team member Rebekah Gould, said the team has seven returning players this season and a "couple of talented newcomers." She added the team seems to play well together.
"I believe every team is a challenge. We have a new alignment for volleyball this year and every team is going to be challenge. We have to work hard and prepare hard for every single match," Ms. Kuwamura said. "There is no such thing as an easy team that we're going to go up against or an easy victory."
"Storie Maurial was a standout player," Ms. Kuwamura said after Friday's game. "She had a lot of nice hits, nice kills."
"Some girls have new positions on the court and they are still getting used to their new spots, but as long as we come together as a team, support each other, boost each other up especially when we're down, then we can make it over the long haul, Ms. Kuwamura said."
"What will it take for them to continue winning? It will take them wanting that victory more than the other team, and be willing to fight for it with all they've got," she said.
They are scheduled to host the Robert G. Cole High School Cougars in a district game Tuesday.