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Peaster returning to state volleyball tourney

The Peaster Lady Greyhounds are hoping to take care of unfinished business this weekend as they return to the Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.

The Lady Greyhounds (42-7) qualified by winning the Region I Tournament at Lubbock Coronado High School. They defeated Shallowater in the championship match, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15, one day after topping Alpine in the semifinals 25-15, 25-13, 27-29, 25-10.

Last season the Lady Greyhounds advanced to the state semifinals as the No. 1 team in Texas in 3A. However, they finished with a 46-2 record after being upset by Goliad.

Goliad (34-3) is also back at state, along with defending state champion Jewett Leon (45-0) and Callisburg (35-11). Leon is seeking its 11th state title while the rest of the field has yet to win one.

Pairings were not released by the University Interscholastic League at press time. However, the semifinals are Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the finals set for Saturday at 11 a.m.

"Lots of pressure this year since we returned pretty much our whole team," Peaster coach Autumn Threet said. "We played a super tough predistrict schedule in the hopes that it would get us to this point.

"I am very proud of our kids, coaches and community. Together, we are getting another shot at the state title."

Kennedy Warren was named the most valuable player of the regional tournament. McKenna Ballard and Taryn Cast were named all-tournament.

"Every one of my kids could have received an award," Threet said. "They played so well, and that's what you want going into the state tournament. We know what it feels like to be on the big court now and the girls are ready."

Peaster has won 23 consecutive matches.

LADYCATS ONE SHY OF STATE

The Aledo Ladycats (39-9) ended their season with a 19-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-15 loss to another perennial power, Amarillo, in the Class 5A Region I finals. They defeated 2015 state semifinalist Canyon Randall in the semifinals 28-26, 19-25, 25-17, 12-25, 16-14.

The Ladycats posted their best season since reaching the state semifinals in 2012. It was also the seventh regional finals appearance under head coach Kathy Goings.

"Girls played great. This was a great group of girls who continued to get better all year," Goings said.

The Ladycats had won 15 straight matches entering the regional finals.

Madison Goings led Aledo with 42 kills and 31 digs, while Erin Weiss had 86 assists and 20 digs. Emily Smith posted 20 kills, Allegra Rivas had 44 digs, Sarah Haeussler had 16 kills and five blocks, Aislinn Pool had 11 digs, and Amanda Norman delivered a dozen kills with 14 digs and served four aces.

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