VICTORIA -- Charissa Osburn showed Saturday exactly why her Shiner Lady Comanches will be contenders for the Class 1A state volleyball title this year.
With her team down 4-2 in Game 2 of the third annual VISD Volleyball Tournament championship game, she stepped to the service line and when the dust had settled in the Memorial senior campus gym, the Lady Comanches were celebrating a championship.
The Lady Comanches handcuffed the Memorial Vipers 15-3, 15-4 to capture the title as Osburn finished with 15 service points, including 13 straight in the final game.
"We played extremely well and this group of seniors has been with me now for three years and everything we've been working on is starting to come together," said Lady Comanches coach Michelle Winkenwerder. "We played some pretty good teams this weekend and I'm a firm believer that you don't get any better unless you play the best and that's what we did this weekend."
The Lady Comanches advanced to the final with a 15-8, 15-12 win over Edna in the semifinals earlier in the day, while Memorial advanced with a 1-15, 15-7, 15-7 win over Goliad on Friday night. Goliad went on to beat Edna, 15-10, 9-15, 15-10 for third place.
The St. Joseph Lady Flyers captured fifth place with a 15-11, 15-5 win over Beeville and Cuero captured the consolation title with a 15-8, 15-2 win over San Antonio Sam Houston.
In other action Saturday, Calhoun defeated Refugio 15-7, 15-5, Palacios beat Wharton, 15-0, 15-3 and Beeville downed Kenedy 15-9, 14-16, 15-10.
The only time Shiner found itself behind in the championship contest was early in Game 2 when the Vipers grabbed a 4-0 lead on two kills from Ashley Pauley and a couple of Lady Comanche errors.
Using a net violation that forced a sideout, the Lady Comanches cut the lead in half with two service points from Lindsey Maxey (see photo at right).
The Vipers managed to break serve, but it would be the last chance for Memorial as Osburn quickly broke the Vipers serve with a block.
She then stepped to the service line and reeled off the next 13 points for victory.
With three kills and eight digs to her credit in the match, she fired in two aces in the run and got three kills from DeAdra Wright, along with a game-winning dink from Wright.
"They are a very excellent team," said Vipers coach Melinda Kirst. "They are very well coached and were a very good team for us to play. The kids are very disappointed but that's OK because that should make them focus on playing that much harder.
Shiner jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Game 1 behind the service of Lindsey Michalec who was aided by a kill from Jessica Pustka.
After building a 6-0 lead, the Vipers cut the lead in half off the serve of Ashli Winegardner.
But that would be as close as the Vipers would get as Heather Stratman ran off three straight points before the Lady Comanches settled for a point-per-serve from there to finish off the game.
Wright finished with seven kills, Stratman had three and Maxey added 13 assists to the Shiner attack.
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