Tompkins volleyball closes first half in first place
The Tompkins and Seven Lakes volleyball teams finished tied atop the District 19-6A standings last year. Through one round of the district schedule, the Falcons and Spartans are tied again at 5-1.
Tompkins, which handed Seven Lakes its only district defeat, closed the half with sweeps of Taylor and Mayde Creek, the latter as the Spartans were on their bye to bring the teams even in record.
Crispin Adams recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs to lead Tompkins to a 25-19, 25-18, 25-17 win against Taylor. Moyra Zulaica had an impressive night as well with four aces, 10 digs and eight kills. Paris Herrman added seven kills and eight digs, while Janet Tchouangwa and Bethany Powell combined for 31 assists.
It was a solid team effort for the Falcons as Mia Klodzinski and Mimi Heholt added two aces. Heholt also led with four blocks. Maddie Madrigal recorded 10 digs.
Tompkins followed with a 25-18, 25-14, 25-18 victory against Mayde Creek to improve to 26-8 overall. The Falcons open the second half Oct. 2 against Seven Lakes and have a district bye before an Oct. 9 rematch with Cinco Ranch, which edged Tompkins in five sets.
Katy and Cinco Ranch are tied for third at 4-2, though the Tigers took the initial head-to-head tiebreaker with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-20 sweep of the Cougars on Sept. 25. Autumn Gentry recorded a triple-double with 20 assists, 12 digs and 10 kills. Amanda Meuth notched 10 kills, hitting .556, while Allison Parks served seven aces with her five kills.
Maddie Thayer amassed 21 digs and two aces, while Maddie Waak had 16 assists and six kills for Katy. Waak added 21 assists in a 25-9, 25-18, 25-11 win against Morton Ranch, during which Meuth hit .556 with 18 kills and Hannah Hoover made nine digs.
Seven Lakes won its only district match of the week, sweeping Mayde Creek 25-19, 25-21, 25-22. Natalie Winter’s 17 kills and 10 digs led the Spartans, while Ally Batenhorst had 11 kills and Morgan Janda totaled 31 assists. Lexi Stumbough (14 digs), Joanna Van Valkenburgh (13 digs) and Ava Underwood (11 digs) led the back defense.
Outside the top four, Taylor is the closest team to the playoff picture in fifth place at 2-4. The Mustangs were swept twice last week but received a combined 15 kills from Reagan Mills and Regan Celaya against Tompkins. Daelynn Geddes served three aces with a team-high 11 assists.
In District 19-5A, Paetow lost four of its first five matches but kept itself in the playoff chase with a thrilling, five-set win against Magnolia. The Panthers won the back-and-forth match 27-25, 16-25, 25-21, 17-25, 15-12. They also earned a sweep of Bryan Rudder earlier in league play.