In Kathy Goings' first 19 seasons as head volleyball coach at Aledo, the Ladycats have finished first in district 18 times and second once.
And they have secured one of those positions again this season as the postseason approaches. The Ladycats are tied with Saginaw Boswell atop District 6-5A with a couple matches remaining in the regular season.
The two teams split their matches, ironically winning on each other's court. Goings said she wants to play for a third time to determine the outright top seed should they end district play tied.
"We will definitely play it off," Goings said, opting to bypass a coin toss, as some teams will do to decide the top representative from a district.
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But then, Goings has reason to be confident. The Ladycats have won nine straight. Entering this week, they had swept each of their district wins except one, which they won in four games over Boswell last week.
"We are playing better as a team than we did the first half of district," Goings said.
ALEDO (32-8, 10-1 in District 6-5A)
Defeated Boswell 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 25-22
▪ Standouts: Madison Goings 27 kills, Erin Weiss 58 assists, Allegra Rivas 22 digs, Emily Smith 13 kills.
Defeated Haslet Eaton 25-19, 25-15, 25-19
▪ Standouts: Madison Goings 8 kills, 23 digs; Erin Weiss 46 assists, 14 digs; Allegra Rivas 19 digs; Emily Smith 14 kills; Amanda Norman 14 kills.
WEATHERFORD (32-2, 9-0 in District 3-6A)
Defeated Abilene 25-22, 25-20, 25-16
▪ Standouts: Layne Wilsky and Alyson Ross each served 8 consecutive points; London Austin-Roark 13 kills; Londyn Gray 9 kills, 3 blocks, and 8 digs; Reagan Hubbard 13 digs; Ross 9 digs; Kaitlyn Rogers 6 kills, 37 assists.
▪ Notable: The Lady Kangaroos are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
WILLOW PARK TRINITY (27-5, 7-0 in TAPPS 2-3A)
Defeated Fort Worth Southwest Christian 25-19, 18-25, 25-20, 11-25, 16-14
▪ Standouts: Emma Kalbfleisch 19 kills, 3 aces; Shelbi Tidwell 42 assists, 8 aces.
PEASTER (34-7, 6-0 in District 7-3A)
MILLSAP (20-10, 2-3 in District 7-3A)
Peaster defeated Millsap 25-12, 25-13, 26-24
▪ Peaster standouts: Kennedy Warren 17 kills, Taryn Cast 3 blocks, Ciarra Wright 13 digs, Baylee Hull 10 digs, McKenna Ballard 34 assists.
▪ Millsap standouts: Bri Gray 5 kills, alerah Turpin 9 digs.
Peaster defeated Tolar 25-10, 25-10, 25-10
▪ Peaster standout: Wright, all-around play.
POOLVILLE (17-10, 4-2 in District 9-2A)
Defeated Bryson 25-22, 25-18, 25-20
▪ Standouts: Billie Roberts 11 kills, Brenlee Jones 8 kills.