Tuesday's season opener may not have ended in the win column, but it showed those in attendance that this young Lady Friar team has a ton of talent, and they're willing to fight.
Bishop Lynch (0-1) put up a strong fight against a McKinney Boyd squad returning a large amount of experience, falling in four sets, 22-25, 19-25, 32-30 and 22-25.
Tulane commit Lauryn Green led the way with 16 kills and seven blocks, Boston College commit Izzy Clavenna managed 15 kills and 11 digs, while varsity newcomer Katie Blomberg shined in her debut with 12 digs and seven kills. Returning lettermen Alex Galicia and Isabella Aguilar recorded 16 and 11 assists, respectively. Sophomore Sydney Broussard – another varsity newcomer – recorded a team-high 24 digs in her debut.
After surrendering the first two points, the Lady Friars ripped off eight straight for an 8-2 advantage. Boyd regained the lead at 18-17 and held on the rest of the way for a 25-22 win.
Bishop Lynch managed just one lead at 6-4, which it quickly lost. The Lady Friars fell behind by as many as eight points (19-11) and Boyd took a 2-0 match lead with the 25-19 win.
Not going down without a fight, the ladies trailed by no more than two points the entire set before taking a 22-21 lead. They would also lead 26-25 before the match tied at 29-29 and 30-30. Boyd misplayed consecutive shots by the Lady Friars, who took a thrilling set, 32-30.
The Lady Friars stayed close the whole way but managed to take the lead just once (17-16) before giving it back at 21-20. Boyd closed the book with a 25-22 win.
The Lady Friars head to Fort Worth tomorrow to compete in the two-day TAPPS Spikedown Classic, featuring many of the best private school teams in Texas. Bishop Lynch begins pool play at 9 am against San Antonio Lutheran, with other pool games scheduled for approximately 12 pm, 1 pm and 4 pm. Bracket play takes place Saturday.