Just before the district season started, Vandegrift volleyball coach Melissa Southall was adamant that the Lady Vipers needed to get better at serve receive.
If Tuesday night's match was any indication, the Lady Vipers got the message loud and clear.
Vandegrift swept Round Rock 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-22) in the second game of the District 13-6A schedule Tuesday at Round Rock High School. The Lady Vipers move to 2-0 in district play and push their winning streak to three games.
"We did a really good job picking out Round Rock's weaknesses and tooling the block," senior Annie Stadthaus said. "We had practiced that a lot. The defense was great, and the serve receive was great. We were executing super well in everything."
Stadthaus led Vandegrfit with 14 kills and was tied with fellow senior Jules Mokry with 1.5 blocks. Delaney Dilfer had 38 assists, and Egadi Santos had three aces while Audrey Green and Ireland Mccauley each had 13 digs.
For Round Rock, Sarah Keilen had a team-high seven kills, Alana Sellers had three blocks, Kaitlyn Bradley had 12 digs and Grace Adams led the Dragons with 15 assists.
"The difference in the match was serve received," Round Rock head coach Diane Watson said. "Their setter wasn't burning a calorie out of serve received. That gave them two or three offensive weapons in every rotation."
In every set, Round Rock got out to an early lead before Vandegrift answered, and eventually, came out on top.
"I wish that we would have a killer instinct from the beginning," Southall said. "We almost like to play down rather than come out and take care of business and let the other team try and scrap a run together. We can't seem to play our game the whole match."
That was in full effect in the second set. After the Dragons started strong and built an 8-2 lead, the Lady Vipers rattled off six points in a row to tie the set. They extended their lead to 22-17 and never gave up another point to take a 2-0 set lead.
Round Rock led 9-6 early in the final set, and once against Vandegrift rallied to tie things at nine apiece. The teams traded points back and forth, but the Lady Vipers won five of the final six points to complete the sweep.
"You can't win without passing the ball, so we've been working hard on that and I think it's been paying off," Stadthaus said.
The Dragons will look to rebound when they host Vista Ridge - who tied for second with Round Rock in the district standings a year ago - on Friday night. The Lady Vipers host Stony Point on Friday.
"We're doing a great job of playing a team, and I think we can keep working on the little things," Stadthaus said. "We're a really good serving team, but I don't know if we're doing our best right now. There's a lot more to come."