UT standout guided Lady Mavs to playoffs six times

Christa Williams-Yates (right), who guided the Manvel Lady Mavericks’ Softball program to the playoffs during the last six years, took the same post at Friendswood High School last week.

Christa Williams-Yates, who guided the Manvel Lady Mavericks’ Softball program during its initial seven years on the varsity level, has taken the same post at Friendswood High School.

Williams-Yates was officially approved as the Lady Mustangs’ new head softball coach during the Friendswood’s ISD regular board meeting on June 9. The two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and University of Texas Pitcher compiled a solid 149-84 mark during her seven seasons in Manvel with the Lady Mavs advancing to the postseason six consecutive times.

“Christa helped lay the groundwork for success which we expect to continue (in Manvel) for many years to come,” AISD Athletic Director Mike Bass said. “We’re happy that she made the move that she thought was best for her and her family.

“We support her 100 percent and wish her great success with the Friendswood ISD and the Friendswood Lady Mustangs.”

While Williams-Yates took the Lady Mavs to the Class 4A Region III Quarterfinals in 2010 and the Region III Semifinals two years later, the Manvel Girls’ initial venture into the 5A playoff waters proved  both memorable and frustrating.

Forced to play Deer Park in Bryan due to the heavy rains that hit the Houston area, the Lady Mavs appeared to have the defending state champs on the ropes with a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning of the 5A Region Quarterfinals. However, the weather finally caught up with the teams and forced a marathon 4-hour and 5-minute rain delay. Despite Manvel stretching its lead to 5-0 once action resumed, the Lady Deer rallied late to pull off an improbable 7-6 comeback in game that ended at 2:30 in the morning. Deer Park went on to make its second of three straight state tournament appearances, while the Lady Mavs finished the 2013 campaign with an impressive 28-9 record.

The Lady Mavs went 18-17 during Williams-Yates’ final season at the helm this past spring and advanced to the playoffs as the third seed from District 22-5A with an 11-3 mark. Manvel swept La Porte in the best-of-three bi-district series, while falling to Brazoswood in a single area playoff contest the following week.

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