Dominant Carroll moves step closer to state after sweep of Hebron

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Southlake Carroll continued its pursuit toward the Dragons’ first volleyball state championship in school history with another straight-set victory.

The Dragons defeated Hebron 25-14, 25-12, 25-19 in the Class 5A Region I semifinals Friday night at Glen Rose’s Tiger Arena.

Carroll coach Arthur Standfield realized it wasn’t his team’s best game, but he was happy to get the win.

“I thought we executed our game plan,” said Standfield. “We didn’t play flawlessly, but we did play pretty dadgum good. We did what we had to do to win.”

Early in the first set Carroll (47-1) was up 9-7 over Hebron (38-12) before the Dragons put the game out of reach with a 10-0 scoring run behind McKenzie Brewer’s three kills during the stretch.

The Dragons continued their dominance in the second set, as they never trailed and finished on an 8-0 run after the Lady Hawks cut the lead to 14-11.

Senior Christen Sikora led the Dragons with eight kills in the game. Madison Drescher and Megan Porter were right behind with seven apiece. Porter also had three blocks to bolster the Dragons’ defense.

Defensively, Cat McCoy had 23 digs for the Dragons.

Hebron made error after error, and with an elite team like Carroll, Hebron head coach Karin Keeny knows you can’t give the Dragons that kind of advantage.

“They out played us tremendously,” said Keeny. “We came out very cautious and played timid. We just didn’t give our self a chance, which was frustrating.”

The third set seemed like Carroll had a different player come up big each play. The Dragons’ depth has a lot to do with that.

“We have a lot of good volleyball players,” Stanfield said. “This team is blessed with a lot of talent.”

In fact, the last time Carroll lost a set was Aug. 30 against Rowlett.

“It’s going to take a special team to beat us,” said Stanfield.

Southlake Carroll will take on Colleyville Heritage Saturday morning in the Regional finals for a trip to the 5A state tournament, a place where no Dragons volleyball team has gone.

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