Lady Tigers’ volleyball team makes school history,
RICHARDSON, Texas—It was a thrilling ride.
Frisco Wakeland swept Texas High, 25-20, 26-24, 25-18, in the semifinal of the Region II-5A volleyball tournament on Friday at Berkner High School’s gym.
The District 15-5A champion Lady Tigers, finishing with a 27-12 record, were the first in school history to reach the regional semifinals.
“If you had asked any of the girls at the start of the season, not one would have guessed that they would have come this far,” Tigers’ head coach Melissa Hardy said. “They are all upset because they know there was a chance that we could have won that match. We didn’t play our best match, but we had our best season. I am very proud of the girls.”
Texas High senior Treyaunna Rush, a Texas A&M commit, served in 13 points,
put down 15 kills, and made 12 assists in her final high school match.
Senior Vicki Willis had nine service points to go with 14 digs, while teammate junior Olivia Lower slapped in nine service points and had 14 digs.
Senior Mia Wilson finished with 13 points on serve, and freshman Valeria Perez led Texas High with 14 service points.
Sophomore sensation Shakeria Webb had nine kills and made three blocks.
The Tigers ran into a streaking Wakeland (37-5) squad, which has now won 12 straight matches. The victorious Lady Wolverines, who will face Lovejoy (45-6) in today’s regional final, are shooting for their third trip in four years to the state tournament at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. Lovejoy, a six-time state volleyball titlist, eliminated Red Oak, 3-0, in its semifinal match Friday night.
Sydney Stroh served in seven consecutive to give the Wolverines a 24-17 lead in the third set. Texas High battled but was unable to recover.
The set second was the most competitive and featured five ties at 1, 12, 13, 22 and 24-all.
Rush served in three consecutive early in the second set and forced a serve-receive error to give Texas High a 9-4 lead.
Webb sent a kill down the right baseline later in the set to make it 12-8, but the Wolverines scored four straight to knot it at 12.
The Tigers went up by three points at 17-13 and led later 22-19. Wakeland tied it at 22-all, and Texas High got to set point at 24-22. The Wolverines scored four straight to win the set, 26-24.
The first set was tied three times at 1, 2 and 4-all. The Wolverines rattled off eight consecutive points to take a 10-4 lead.
Rush made a block to make it 13-8 and Lower took serve. After a Wakeland hitting error, Rush put down a cross-court kill to inch Texas High back in it, 13-10.
But the Wolverines scored three in a row to take a 16-10 edge. Later in the set, Rush sent a fireball kill down the left baseline to make it 17-12. After a pair of Wakeland hitting errors, Cross hit a tip for a winner to make it a 2-point set, 17-15.
The Wolverines grabbed the momentum and scored six straight to take a 23-15 lead.
Webb came alive for the Tigers as she had a kill, a block and another kill to make it 24-20. Wakeland hit a tip for a winner to seal the first set.