With the regular season coming to a close this week, several area volleyball teams have their sights set not only on the playoffs, but on capturing their respective district championships.
One, in fact, has already claimed its league title. The Peaster Lady Greyhounds captured the District 7-3A championship, their second consecutive district championship.
Now comes the quest for a return to state for the Lady Greyhounds. They entered last season state tournament in Garland as the No. 1 team in Texas only to get upset.
"When the kids set goals back in August being district champs was one of them," coach Autumn Threet said. "It quickly became an expectation for the year, just one of the things they wanted to accomplish on their way to their ultimate goal.
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"I'm proud of them for earning another district championship and am looking forward to the playoffs."
Aledo entered the week tied with Saginaw Boswell for first place in District 6-5A, each with a 12-1 league mark. They split their district matches, ironically each winning on the others court.
Aledo coach Kathy Goings said the teams will hold a one-match playoff for the top seed entering the postseason should they finish tied atop the standings. In her 20 seasons at the helm, Goings' Ladycats have won district in all but one year, finishing second that time.
The Weatherford Lady Kangaroos are enjoying the best season in team history. Coach Natalie Gonzales' team entered this week needing a win at home against Keller Central last night to wrap up the District 3-6A championship.
The Lady Kangaroos have already clinched their first playoff appearance since 2009.
Poolville's upset of Graford last week gave the Lady Monarchs an outside shot at a District 9-2A championship. However, entering this week they needed some help for that to happen as Graford still held a one-match lead in the standings.
Still, with the lower level University Interscholastic League districts being shared between 1A and 2A teams, Poolville looks to be the top 2A team coming out of the league. Graford is Class A.
Millsap and Brock, which are also in 7-3A, are also headed for the playoffs. However, their positions were still being determined entering this week.
WEATHERFORD (33-3, 10-1 in District 3-6A)
Lost to Keller 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20
▪ Standouts: Gabbie Huggins 10 kills, Londyn Gray 8 kills, London Austin-Roark 9 kills, Kaitlyn Rogers 32 assists, Reagan Hubbard 13 digs.
Defeated Haltom 25-10, 25-9, 25-16
▪ Standouts: Austin 15 kills, Gray 9 kills, Rogers 28 assists and 8 digs, Hubbard 8 digs.
ALEDO (34-8, 12-1 in District 6-5A)
Defeated Chisholm Trail 25-17, 25-15, 25-17
▪ Standouts: Madison Goings 12 kills, 16 digs; Erin Weiss 43 assists, 11 digs; Emily Smith 10 kills; Amanda Norman 9 kills; Brecken Roquemore 7 kills.
Defeated Brewer 25-9, 25-10, 25-15
▪ Standouts: Goings 16 kills, 8 digs, 2 aces; Weiss 25 assists, 3 aces; Smith 5 kills; Roquemore 5 kills.
PEASTER (36-7, 7-0 in District 7-3A)
BROCK (18-18, 5-2 in District 7-3A)
MILLSAP (21-11, 3-4 in District 7-3A)
Peaster defeated Brock 25-16, 25-20, 25-15
▪ Peaster standouts: Kennedy Warren 12 kills, 3 blocks; Taryn Cast 8 kills; Baylee Hull 14 digs; Ciarra Wright 12 digs.
No Brock standouts reported.
Peaster defeated Fort Worth Harmony 25-0, 25-4, 25-4
▪ Peaster standout: Markelle Hasty served 24 straight points in the first game.
Millsap defeated Tolar 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17
▪ Millsap standouts: Madison Johns 26 assists, Briana Gray 11 kills, Brittany Schnabel 14 digs, Sierra Herbel 11 digs, Kylie Nelms 7 kills.
Brock defeated Millsap 25-17, 16-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-9
No standouts reported.
POOLVILLE (19-10, 10-2 in District 9-2A)
Defeated Ranger 25-16, 17-25, 25-14, 25-22
▪ Standouts: Billie Roberts 12 kills, Brenlee Jones 11 kills, Trinity Johnson setting.
Defeated Graford 25-20, 11-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13
▪ Standouts: Roberts 20 kills, Jones 14 kills, Kallee Cumbie serving, Ryan Jennings 4 blocks.