The Weatherford Lady Kangaroos, Aledo Ladycats and Brock Lady Eagles each qualified for their respective regional volleyball tournaments with victories Tuesday night.
Weatherford (41-6) swept El Paso Coronado (34-4) 25-20, 25-19, 25-14 in a matchup of state-ranked teams at Andrews High School. The Lady Kangaroos are tied for 10th in Class 6A and Coronado was ranked fifth.
Aledo (34-13) outlasted upset-minded Grapevine (21-16) in five games in their 5A regional quarterfinal at Saginaw High School, 26-24, 25-14, 23-25, 23-25, 15-9.
In Class 3A, Brock (37-10) swept Colorado City (27-11) 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 in their regional quarterfinal at Abilene Cooper High School.
Meanwhile, there will be no third straight state tournament appearance for the Peaster Lady Greyhounds (31-14), who lost in five games to Boyd (29-4), the No. 6 team in the state in Class 3A at Jacksboro High School.
Poolville's Lady Monarchs (20-10) also saw their season end in a sweep to Lindsay (38-6), third in the state in 2A, in their regional quarterfinal at Bowie High School.
With the victory, the Lady Kangaroos do not have to travel as far to compete in the Region I Tournament. They will face two-time defending state champion Lewisville Hebron (38-7) at 8 p.m. Friday at Glen Rose High School. The Lady Hawks have also won state championships in 2010 and 2004 and are ranked third in the state this season.
"It will be great. We will be the closest team to the site, so I expect Roo Nation to show up and be loud," Lady Roos coach Nick Gay said. "I'm glad to have this group in the top four of arguably the toughest region in the state in 6A. I'm proud of their willingness to give everything they have to each other and the game.
"Now it's time to play our best volleyball in front of the best fans on Friday at Glen Rose."
The Ladycats, No. 9 in the state in 5A, will meet defending state champion No. 6 Abilene (39-7), in the Region I semifinal. The match is Friday at 6 p.m. at Kimbrell Arena in Abilene.
The Lady Sandies have won nine state championships since 1988, including five in the past decade. They ended Aledo's season in 2016 in the regional final.
Brock will face Shallowater (35-4) in their Region I semifinal Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Lubbock Coronado High School. The Lady Eagles are in their seventh regional tournament since 2005, but their first since 2014.
▪ Weatherford standouts: Reagan Hubbard 14 digs; London Austin-Roark 8 kills, 5 blocks; Kaitlyn Rogers 42 assists, 5 kills, 6 digs, 4 blocks; Carissa Barnes 9 kills, 12 digs, 2 aces; Londyn Gray 11 kills; Francine Merchant 8 kills; Jordan Burks 15 digs.
▪ Aledo standouts: Evelyn Torres 14 kills, 2 aces; Sarah Hauessler 11 kills, 5 blocks; Hannah Jones 14 kills, 6 blocks; Sydney Casey 11 kills, 20 digs; Alex Grooms 6 kills; Daleigh Ellison 5 kills; Allegra Rivas 31 digs, 7 assists; Sarah Morehead 29 assists, 12 digs, 2 aces; Maggie Wackerhagen 23 assists, 2 aces.
▪ Brock standouts: Parker King 13 kills, 11 digs, 3 aces; Daelyn Sessum 11 kills, 5 blocks, 5 aces; Kealey Dent 10 digs, 4 aces; Bryland Barrett 37 assists.
WPT HEADED TO TAPPS STATE
The Willow Park Trinity Lady Eagles (36-3) won for the 30th time in 31 matches, earning a berth in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class 3A State Tournament in Waco this weekend.
The Lady Eagles defeated Irving the Highlands 25-21, 25-9, 25-17 in the Region I final. They will face Midland Classical Friday at 10 a.m. at Waco Midway in the semifinals.
"We played without one of our starters and the girls did not let it phase them," head coach Brittany Good said. "Sophomore Libby Gear stepped up to play middle once again in the absence of senior middle Karson Hartt and sophomore Anjal Leopold stepped in to play right side. Both girls did an incredible job filling those positions.
"As a whole, in the first set we started off a little anxious and it took us a few balls to find our groove. But by the second set, we were back in our usual rhythm. I would even say that we outplayed ourselves tonight. We did things I haven't seen from them most of the season, and I was extremely pleased. They were the kind of plays you hope someone caught on camera."
▪ Trinity standouts: Kayla DeNeefe 12 kills, 4 blocks, 3 aces, 5 digs; Hannah Floyd 16 digs, 2 aces; Lindsey Young 12 digs; Shelbi Tidwell 34 assists, 6 digs, 3 aces; Erin Kalbfleisch and Emma Kalbfleisch combined for 21 kills and 9 blocks; Shelbi Tidwell defense.