Lady Tigers’ vol­ley­ball team makes school his­tory,

Texarkana Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian Tyl

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.

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