LEAGUE CITY — She may have gotten hit in the mouth, but she wasn’t about to go down for the count.
Clear Springs’ Kylie Jedlicka was banged up after bumping heads with teammate Savannah Alzacar while attempting to save a ball in the second game against Bellaire on Tuesday, but she stayed in the game and led the Charters to a 3-1 win.
Jedlicka, a 6-foot-1 junior, finished with a team-high 17 kills as Clear Springs (6-3) went on to beat Bellaire at home, 25-13, 22-25, 29-27, 25-21.
“It just didn’t turn out the way that I wanted it to,” said of the play. “Her head went into my head, and I like bit her head,” Jedlicka said. “It hurt.”
She said the thought of removing herself from the match did not even cross her mind.
“I don’t like leaving my team,” Jedlicka said.
Chargers head coach Shannon Garner wasn’t surprised Jedlicka played through the pain.
“Kylie is a tough kid, and she knows that she’s one of our key players and we need her on the court as much as possible,” Garner said. “She stepped up, came in and played well.”
After finishing the first game on a 12-1 run, including an 11-0 run, it looked like the Chargers would cruise to victory over Bellaire. But after leading for most of the second game, Jedlicka’s painful collision occurred.
While she remained on the court for most of the second game, Jedlicka getting banged up took its toll on Clear Springs’ attack, and the Chargers saw Bellaire end the game on a 6-1 run.
“When Kylie got hit in the face, we kind of went into freakout mode,” Garner said. “I brought my second setter in to play outside (hitter).”
Bellaire’s momentum continued into the third game, where the team took a 10-16 lead at one point. When things were looking dire for the Chargers, Garner took her team all the way outside of the gym during a timeout.
“Sometimes they need to get away from what’s going on in the gym and have their own space,” Garner said. “It helps them focus a little bit more to come in and do what they need to do on the court. It’s just a little more quiet. I don’t need to yell and scream. I can have a conversation and they can hear me.”
Clear Springs gradually closed the gap, and the two teams battled back and forth at the end of the third game, with the Chargers finally taking a lead at 27-26 before eventually finishing off Bellaire.
“Bellaire is so scrappy, and they’re young. They’re going to get it all together when district rolls around,” Garner said.
By the fourth game, Clear Springs was looking just about as sharp as when the match started, getting off to a 7-2 start and never trailing.
The Chargers travel to Manvel for their next match 6:30 p.m. Friday
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