Seguin volleyball outlasts Foster, advances to regional quarterfinals
(Schulenburg) - The Seguin High School volleyball team survived a competitive area round playoff match Thursday night to earn a spot in the 5A Region IV quarterfinals with 3-1 victory over Richmond-Foster in Schulenburg.
The Matadors won the first two sets 25-21, 26-24 before stumbling to a 25-12 loss in the third game. Seguin recovered in time to hold off the Falcons and clinch the match with a 25-23 win in the fourth set.
Seguin head coach Kristi Stanley commended her team for maintaining its poise and not being rattled after the disastrous third set.
"Every once in awhile you have those games, and you can be on both sides of it," Stanley said. "It's like nothing can go your way, and we just talked about that it's fine, we can't do anything about the past, so let's figure out how to win the next game. That's what we did, just put it in the past and ignored all the ugly stuff that happened in game three."
Abby Cheek and Presley Carter put away 13 kills apiece to pace Seguin's offensive attack, Desiray Rodriguez added nine kills and three blocks, Carsyn Dietz came up with two solo blocks, and Emmy Riordan chipped in with six kills.
Megan Wilke set for 40 assists, and Stanley credited Wilke for countering Foster's personnel and game plan by finding other hitters when the Falcons tried to neutralize Cheek.
"We knew that with two big outsides, that that's what they're used to seeing in practice every day, so trying to get our middles in our offense and make them respect them, and as many attacks as we could get from the right side as well so that they had to respect us pin to pin," the coach said. "Freeze the middles, let our outsides get a single block out there, and be able to put the ball away."
Kaylie Koenen led the Mats defensively with 32 digs, Cheek collected 29, Presley Engelke 19, Wilke 18, and Leandra Priestly 15. Koenen also sent a team-high three aces over the net.
Seguin's season record is 28-15. The Matadors face distric rival Kerrville-Tivy, who they split two regular season meetings with, in the regional quarterfinals this week. The Mats and Antlers square off at Smithson Valley on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Navarro volleyball cruises into third round with sweep of Sealy
(Flatonia) - Navarro punched its ticket to the 4A Region IV volleyball quarterfinals Thursday night with a dominant 3-0 sweep of Sealy in an area playoff match at Flatonia High School, downing the Tigers by finals of 25-14, 25-17, and 25-19.
Peyton Roach sent a team-high 10 kills over the net, Ashlea Frederick added eight, and the Panthers got six kills apiece from Allie Benner and Hailey Weidenfeller.
Bailey Wozniak delivered 28 assists and two aces. Carolyn Burch also served for two aces. Sydney Sahd came up with 13 digs to spark the defensive effort, Burch added nine digs, and Kelly Helms recorded two block assists.
Navarro's season record is 37-5. The Panthers face Fredericksburg in the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Wimberley High School.
Marion volleyball season ends in area round loss to Poth
(San Antonio) - Marion's 2017 volleyball season ended in the area round of the 3A Region IV playoffs Thursday night, as the Bulldogs came up short to Poth in four sets at the Blossom Center in San Antonio.
Marion bounced back from a 25-12 in the first game to win the second 25-22, but the Pirettes took control from that point, winning the next two sets 25-19, 25-23.
Kyleigh Mulanax led Marion at the net with 11 kills and the team's only block, Brianna Randle added 10 kills, and Samantha Hopper finished with eight to go with a team-high three aces.
Madelyn Abrameit set for 33 assists. Eva Ashley collected a team-best 17 digs, Mulanax contributed 15, Hopper and Randle 10 apiece.
Marion's final season record is 18-13.