BEAUMONT — Digging up everything in sight, the Liberty Lady Panthers ended a outstanding year by Orangefield as the Lady Panthers toppled the Lady Bobcats 25-20, 25-22, 25-18 in the Class 3A Region III quarterfinals at Beaumont Ozen High School Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers (29-9) had everything working while the Lady Bobcats (27-7) District 21-3A champions, struggled to get the potent offense that they showed all season long on track.
Orangefield, despite the loss, had a tremendous season under the guidance of first-year coach Meagan Adams.
Eleven seniors paved the way for the first district volleyball title in the school’s history.
“It’s so emotional right now,” said Adams. “Some may say I took the girls under my wings but it really was just the opposite, they took me under theirs. Me, being a first-year coach for the first time anywhere, they welcomed me with open arms. The whole Orangefield community has been tremendous. Our crowd was phenomenal tonight, I’m just sorry that we couldn’t quite get it done.”
The Lady Bobcats got a lot done this year, zipping through 21-3A play with a perfect 12-0 record and winning 36 of 37 games in the process.
Tuesday night, however, was not their night.
“We really pressed from the start and made mistakes that we certainly don’t normally make,” said Adams. “Offensively, we didn’t show the discipline that we’ve shown all year. We were off on some of our sets, we missed some serves and we stepped over the line on several occasions. That just wasn’t Lady Bobcat-like.”
The Lady Bobcats swept the Lady Panthers earlier in the season to win the small school division of the YMBL Tournament.
“Give Liberty credit, they came out and were aggressive from the start and all the way through the match,” said Adams. “I thought they got it done on defense too. They were flying all over the place.”