By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
The 2012 volleyball playoffs have come to an end for the Port Isabel Lady Tarpons. In San Antonio on Friday evening they were overwhelmed in straight sets by La Grange, 7-25, 10-25, 8-25.
La Grange came in as District 26-3A champion and the No. 2-ranked Class 3A team in the state. They will play the winner of Friday’s other Region IV semi-final match between District 27-3A’s third-place team, Boerne, and District 29-3A champion Devine on Saturday.
This is the first time that a Port Isabel volleyball team made it as far into the post-season as the regional semi-finals. The 2001 Lady Tarpons made it to the area round, one round before the regional semi-final, before being eliminated.
“Our girls were nervous,” head P.I. coach George Hamilton told the Press by telephone Friday night.
“They’ve (La Grange) got one outside hitter who’s already signed with a Div. I (college) school. Another one, a junior, has made a verbal commitment. She made a number of blocks. We just couldn’t hit around her.”
Port Isabel ends the season with a 25-15 won-loss record and a District 32-3A championship. The team will take in the championship match of the regional tournament at the Blossom Athletic Center Saturday afternoon and return to Port Isabel Saturday night.