Colleyville Heritage avenges last year’s playoff defeat to Coppell in regional quarterfinals

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Before Monday night’s Class 5A Region I regional quarterfinal volleyball playoff game, Colleyville Heritage had one thing on its mind — revenge.

A year after losing in the regional finals to Coppell, the Panthers avenged the defeat by knocking off the Cowgirls 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14, 15-5 before a standing room only crowd at L.D. Bell High School.

“This is great because they took us out last year and you always want to pay a team back,” said Heritage coach Jamie Siegel, who has only three seniors on her roster. “Going into the match you always have to believe and fight ’till the end and that’s what this group has done all year. Tonight was no different.”

Heritage (41-6), ranked No. 3 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, advances to the regional semifinals against the winner between Arlington Martin and El Paso Coronado.

Coppell (42-4), ranked No. 5, won the first set and split the next two before Heritage came alive behind Anna Walsh, who scored the final point in the first set and finished with 21 kills and 19 digs.

Maddie Jones picked up 19 kills and 18 digs, and Chandler Templin added 18 kills. Alex Janak recorded 54 assists.

“You saw the kind of team we have; they know they all have to step up for us to have a chance,” Siegel said.

With its back against the wall, Heritage jumped to a 5-1 lead in the fourth set. Three different Panthers had kills during the run.

After Coppell cut the lead to 18-11 on a Heritage error, the Panthers went on a 6-1 run before Allison Jackson’s kill ended the game at 25-14.

In the decisive fifth game, Heritage went on a 5-0 run to make it 8-2 and never looked back.

Leading 12-5, Templin scored back-to-back points with the second coming on a kill. Walsh and Janak then blocked a Coppell shot back onto the Cowgirls’ side for the final point.

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