Opening stretch reflects balance in 19-6A volleyball

September 17, 2018

It took little more than a week for District 19-6A to show its competitiveness, particularly at the top.

Tompkins provided the opening-night highlight Sept. 7 with an exciting sweep of fellow 2017 co-champion Seven Lakes, which turned around and swept Cinco Ranch on Sept. 11. The Cougars were not down for long, winning a five-set thriller Sept. 14 against Tompkins.

The only undefeated team remaining was Katy, which won both its matches in straight sets after a bye. The Tigers swept Taylor and Mayde Creek to take sole possession of first place. One can only guess what the standings will look like after the first round of district action.

Amanda Meuth led Katy offensively in its first two matches, recording 20 kills. Autumn Gentry narrowly missed a triple-double in both matches, while Maddie Waak turned in an impressive eight kills, five aces and 10 digs to go with her team-high 21 assists against Taylor.

Hannah Hoover registered four aces in both matches, while Jayla Wicker posted seven kills against Mayde Creek and Maddie Thayer had a team-high 16 digs against Taylor.

Seven Lakes ended last week at 2-1, including a sweep of Morton Ranch. Ally Batenhorst led the Spartans in kills twice, finishing with 45 kills, 17 blocks and 28 digs in three matches.

Natalie Winter posted a team-high 17 kills against Cinco Ranch and led with 17 digs against the Mavericks. Morgan Janda recorded three double-doubles, including 37 assists against Tompkins and Cinco Ranch. Lexi Stumbough led with seven blocks twice, adding 10 kills against the Cougars. Jasmine Perry (four aces), Lauren Ross (five blocks) and Ava Underwood (15 digs) were among the statistical leaders against Morton Ranch.

Cinco Ranch swept Mayde Creek to begin district play, led by Danyle Courtley’s 10 kills, eight kills from Madalyn O’Brien, six blocks from Laura Ehieze and 10 digs and 17 assists from Aislan Lennon. Hayley Byrd added 10 digs against Seven Lakes.

Tompkins was led by Moyra Zulaica’s 12 kills and 11 from Crispin Adams against Seven Lakes, with Paris Herrman and Claire Hedgpeth both recording three aces. Mimi Heholt added six kills and four blocks in the victory, while Bethany Powell and Janet Tchouangwa combined for 33 assists.

Taylor opened its district slate with a sweep of Morton Ranch, led by nine kills and four blocks from Kailee Moon. Gabriela Perez had seven kills and three aces, while Daelynn Geddes led with 15 assists. Alexi Brown had a team-high 16 digs the following match against Katy.

Morton Ranch was swept by Mayde Creek in its second match despite 11 kills and 14 digs by Kate Lewis and 23 digs by Katrina Sanchez. The Rams ended a 24-match district losing streak with their triumph.

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