By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons volleyball team will play Hondo in a playoff match at West Oso (Corpus Christi) tonight (Thurs., Nov. 1) at 7 p.m.
This is the area round of the 2012 playoffs, not bi-district, because Port Isabel received a first-round bye as the undefeated district champion of District 32-3A. Hondo (District 29-5A) advances to the area round after their straight-sets bi-district win over Ingleside Tuesday night.
Port Isabel played their second and final pre-playoff tune-up match on Monday. They defeated San Perlita in straight sets, 25-21, 25-18, 25-13. The Lady Trojans also enter the post-season as undefeated district champions (32-1A) and are the 18th-ranked Class 1-A team in the state.
Clearly the Lady Tarpons had the height advantage over the smaller San Perlita players, and head P.I. coach George Hamilton visited with the PRESS before practice on Tuesday and talked about the kind of team they are; “Because they’re not very tall they set the ball farther off the net and…they caused us some problems during the match.
They’re really good at digging (first contact after ball crosses the net). They pull five, six people back, get ready to dig the ball, and try to force the other team to earn their points. I think they’re going to go deep into the playoffs.”
Coach Hamilton likes his own team’s chances of making some serious noise in the playoffs as well. “Our serving is going to be our big advantage,” Hamilton said. “If we serve well I think we have a good chance of going deep into the playoffs. As long as they believe in themselves we have a chance to beat almost anybody.”
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