Ri­vals O’Con­nor, Clark to bat­tle for trip to state

San Antonio Express-News - - SPORTS - By Ter­rence Thomas Re­gional cham­pi­onships tthomas@ex­press-news.net

led from start to fin­ish. O’Con­nor had to shake off an early deficit.

The dif­fer­ent paths yielded the ex­pected out­come — an all-North­side ISD show­down for the Re­gion IV-6A ti­tle.

Clark (47-3) rolled past Laredo United 25-16, 25-19, 25-19, while O’Con­nor (40-11) ral­lied to beat McAllen Memo­rial 23-25, 25-19, 25-10, 25-15 at the Alamo Con­vo­ca­tion Cen­ter.

The Cougars, who tied Churchill’s 2013 state fi­nal­ist squad for sin­gle-sea­son wins by an area team, got 15 kills each from Kara McGhee and Elise McGhee.

The Pan­thers topped McAllen Memo­rial in this round for the sec­ond straight year and the third time in the past four sea­sons be­hind 12 kills apiece from Kalin Nel­son and Gabby DeLosSan­tos.

The dis­trict ri­vals will meet at 11:30 a.m. Sat­ur­day at Alamo CC for the re­gional crown and a berth in the UIL state tour­na­ment next week at the Cul­well Cen­ter in Gar­land.

It will be the fifth time North­side teams have met for the re­gional ti­tle and the first such matchup since 1996. Clark and Jay met in 1990, ’91 and ’92 and Mar­shall de­feated Clark in ’96.

Re­gion IV-5A: At South San, se­nior out­side hit­ter Han­nah Mad­dux had 22 kills and 25 digs as Bo­erne Cham­pion out­lasted Cor­pus Christi Flour Bluff 25-21, 21-25, 24-26, 2523, 15-10 in the re­gional semi­fi­nals.

The Charg­ers ad­vanced to the re­gional fi­nal for the first time since their only other ap­pear­ance in 2012. They will play Drip­ping Springs at 1 p.m. Sat­ur­day at South San.

Kaylin Wright added 13 kills and Amanda Hast­ings tal­lied 10 for Cham­pion.

Re­gion IV-4A: Dis­trict foes La Ver­nia and Navarro each lost in the re­gional semi­fi­nals. La Ver­nia fell to de­fend­ing state cham­pion Needville in three sets, while Navarro lost to Rich­mond Ful­s­hear 22-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-23.

Re­gion IV-3A:

It will be the fifth time North­side teams have met for the re­gional ti­tle and the first such matchup since 1996.

Two-time deClark fend­ing state cham­pion Go­liad fought off a stiff chal­lenge and beat Blanco 25-22, 17-25, 25-15, 25-23 in a semi­fi­nal at Lit­tle­ton Gym.

Blanco (29-14) led 23-22 late in the fourth set and seemed poised to force a de­ci­sive fifth set. But af­ter a time­out, Go­liad reeled off the fi­nal three points to pre­vail.

Go­liad (38-6) will play In­dus­trial for the re­gional ti­tle at 11 a.m. Sat­ur­day at Lit­tle­ton.

Re­gion IV-A: In Bren­ham, D’Hanis dug it­self out of a two-set hole and de­feated long­time state power Round Top-Carmine 19-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-12, 15-10.

D’Hanis will play Fayet­teville at 11 a.m. Sat­ur­day for a state tour­na­ment berth.

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