Grapevine needed a win on Tuesday night to clinch a share of the District 7-5A championship. It was the final regular season game and senior night against Colleyville Heritage, which had a one game lead.
The Mustangs dominated and snapped a streak they were tired of owning.
Grapevine defeated Heritage for the first time since 2011, 25-21, 25-13, 25-19 in front of a packed gymnasium to force a decisive third matchup to determine the No. 1 seed.
The two teams will meet up again at Grapevine, 4:30 p.m. Friday. The winner will get the top seed heading into next week’s bi-district round which takes place Monday and Tuesday.
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“My senior kids hadn’t beaten them so it was the icing on the cake,” Grapevine coach Robin Wallace said. “I love it here. This place is fantastic. These kids work so hard.”
“That was probably the best game we’ve played as a team and it was great to see our whole team come together,” added junior Savannah Kjolhede, an Indiana commit.
Kjolhede registered a game-high 16 kills while Houston commit senior Symone Wesley added 13.
“Our student section was amazing and like coach Wallace said, it was like we had another person on the court,” Kjolhede said. “Everything just came together.”
A kill from Wesley put Grapevine on top 10-4 in the first game, but Heritage rallied back to 14-13 after a block from Brynna McKiernan, which forced Wallace to come time.
The Mustangs (30-10) led for the entire game as UT-Tyler commit Ashley DeMarrais recorded one of her seven kills on set point.
“It was definitely a big motivator,” Kjolhede said of the first matchup when Heritage (27-12) came back down two games to win in five. “We couldn’t do it again - we have an amazing group of seniors – and we knew we had to get it done.”
Wesley picked up two kills and a block to force another early timeout from Heritage with Grapevine leading 14-7 in the second game. One of Kjolhede’s five blocks on the night put the Mustangs up 18-7.
Kjolhede made it 14-9 and 17-11 in the third before Wesley went off the block to seal up the victory and the team’s first taste of a district title since 2015.
“That was our goal to begin this season – be district champs,” Kjolhede said.
Nicole Buhr added six kills while DeMarrais and Lexi Mayfield each had four blocks. Maya Soto led with 22 digs and Wesley and Jordan Terrell combined for 28 more. Marissa Mckelvey and Anna Johnson finished with 20 and 24 assists. The Mustangs hit .402 – Kjolhede led at .696
“She was huge tonight and is a force at the net – pretty much unstoppable,” Wallace said. “But she wouldn’t be able to do that without great passing. The girls did a great job.
“We started talking about this game after Friday. Once we went through Friday, they knew they had a chance for a district championship. They had some homework to do and I was able to use that between sets two and three to carry them over the hump and beat an opponent they haven’t since 2011.”