Lucio notches career win 125 as South sweeps PSJA Memorial

New Harlingen South head volleyball coach Anissa Lucio talks to some of her players during practice on Tuesday at the Lady Hawks gym. Lucio replaces Jennifer Taliancich, who had been South’s coach for the past couple of seasons. Last year the Lady Hawks finished 1-13 in District 32-6A play and failed to make the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.

HARLINGEN — The freight train that is Harlingen South continues to roll in 2019.

The Lady Hawks continued their winning ways Tuesday with a thumping of PSJA Memorial, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17, in front of their home crowd.

South held its parents night and returned home for the first time in nearly two weeks, but the night belonged to South coach Anissa Lucio. With Tuesday’s win, Lucio — who began her head coaching career at Weslaco High — notched career win 125 against the Lady Wolverines.

In her third year at the helm and sixth year overall, Lucio has revived the South volleyball program and has the Lady Hawks clicking and brimming with confidence.

Ironically enough, career win No. 100 also came against PSJA Memorial, almost one year to date on Aug. 21, 2018.

“This is big, and I really had no idea where I was when it came to wins,” Lucio said. “This is an accomplishment for myself as a coach but really this is all about my girls and them getting all the work done, and I’m proud of them and what they have done. This is a big deal for us, and as soon as the match ended is when I found out. I literally had not counted my wins, so I had no idea.”

The Lady Hawks’ trio of senior Mikela Mireles, Mya Pearl Aguirre and Allyah Guevara all had a hand in Tuesday night’s win. They have helped South get off to a hot 15-1 start.

“It is amazing for us to be able to give her those wins,” Mireles said. “It was a great moment for all of us, that is for sure. She told us in the locker room that it isn’t about her, that this is about all of us, and she is thankful for us getting to this point.”

Mireles paced the offense with a team high 19-kill performance along with four digs. Aguirre backed up Mireles’ play with an 11-kill, 18-assist night.

“Our chemistry and sisterhood is what really helps us,” Mireles said. “We also have a lot of girls returning, so that is an advantage for us. We are more than a team, we are a family when we get on the court. Right now I feel I haven’t played my best game yet, but I’m going to keep pushing until I get there. It is my senior year, and I want to finish strong.”

The Lady Hawks finished with 20 wins last year and now are at 15 wins with the season still in mid-August. Up next is the Laredo Tournament.

“It is a very competitive tournament from the teams that we have seen that are there,” Lucio said. “I’m excited to get going, and we are still a month away from district. From here until then we just need to fix the little things, and right now we are in a good spot but we need to improve on those little things.”