Along with Aledo’s win over Boswell in 6-5A, Cleburne and Hebron forced first place ties in both 9-5A and 5-6A on Tuesday night with wins over Granbury and Southlake Carroll. All three teams won on the road.
Cleburne (21-16, 9-1 in 9-5A) got a team-high 11 kills and six blocks from Sadie Hough to sweep Granbury (29-14, 9-1) 25-21, 28-26, 25-22. Lauren McKinney added seven kills and five blocks and Kelsi Chavez had 10 assists, seven kills and eight digs.
“We knew going in we would have to minimize our unforced errors, and just stay mentally tough. This senior class has never beaten Granbury, so for us there was more than just a possible district championship on the line,” coach Timmi Blackshear said. “We started a little shaky in terms of ball control and serve receive, but the girls stayed focused and invested and found their rythmn together. I couldn't be more proud of what this group of girls have accomplished this season, beating Burleson Centennial at Centennial for the first time since 2012, and now beating Granbury for the first time since we were placed in their district three years ago.”
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Reagan Dobbins had a team-high 15 assists, Akarian Morgan had 12 digs and Abby Jones and Ashlynn McDonald added 10 and 9 digs.
Granbury entered ranked No. 25 in this week’s TGCA 5A state poll.
“We aren't a big team, so we have to focus on what we do well and what we can do even when we are out sized, and right now those philosophies and cohesive team chemistry are working well for them,” Blackshear said. “They are one of the most exciting groups of girls I have ever seen compete, and I'm just honored to get a front row seat each week.”
Cleburne clinched its seventh playoff trip in the past eight years.
Hebron vs. Carroll
No. 3 Carroll dropped the first two sets to No. 5 Hebron, the defending 6A state champs, but the Dragons were able to force a fifth set before falling 15-11 to force a first place tie in 5-6A.
Hebron (35-5, 9-1) won 25-23, 25-17, 22-25, 20-25, 15-11.
Carroll (34-6, 9-1) got 18 kills from Texas commit Asjia O’Neal and 12 and 11 kills from Nailah Gordon and USC beach commit Haley Hallgren. Hallgren also had 18 digs and Kendall Gilpin had a team-high 26 digs. Clemson commit Lisie Kit led with 25 assists and TCU commit McKenzie Nichols added 14 assists.
Paschal vs. Sam Houston
Paschal (27-7, 10-0 in 4-6A) swept Arlington Sam Houston 25-16, 25-13, 25-8 and is off to its best start in program history.
Semira Blair had 34 assists and Abby Hyman added 18 digs. Riley Parker had 12 kills and nine digs and Katie Nance had a team-high 14 kills and .619 hitting percentage.
“We have amazing team chemistry and focus,” Nance said. “We focus on one game at a time and control the things we can control.”
The Panthers have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2011, third time since 2005.
Saginaw vs. Chisholm Trail
Things are getting interesting in District 6-5A. Saginaw defeated Saginaw Chisholm Trail 25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17.
The Rough Riders sit at 4-6 in district play and are tied for the final playoff spot with Chisholm Trail (4-6) and Haslet Eaton (4-6) with four games to go.
Sierra Turner led with 27 assists and 12 digs, Madison Hand added 14 digs and Kaylynn Bowden had team-highs 11 kills, 15 digs and five aces.
Brewer vs. Eaton
White Settlement Brewer entered the night at 2-7 in 6-5A and the Bears dropped the first two sets to Haslet Eaton on Tuesday.
By the end of the night, the Bears (3-6) rallied to win in five and sit just one game back of the final playoff spot in district.
Brewer defeated Eaton 16-25, 21-25, 25-13, 25-21, 15-12.
Lauren Jenkins had a game-high 24 kills with 14 digs and five blocks. Haylee Lovato had 47 assists and 16 digs and Teranne Shepherd added 17 kills and three blocks. Makenna Blassingame and Meagan North had 19 and 14 digs.
- For the first time in four years, Arlington Bowie defeated North Crowley. The Volunteers won in four sets.
Clinched Playoff Berth
Fossil Ridge 4-5
Timber Creek 3-6
North Crowley 3-7
Sam Houston 0-10
Flower Mound 5-5
Chisholm Trail 4-6
Trimble Tech 8-2*
Western Hills 8-2*
South Hills 6-4
North Side 3-7
Colleyville Heritage 10-0*
Eastern Hills 3-7
Red Oak 7-3
Lake Ridge 6-4
Mineral Wells 4-4
Lake Worth 2-7
Diamond Hill 1-7
Glen Rose 8-0*
Midlo Heritage 5-3
Waxahachie Life 2-7