Seven Lakes takes the lead in 19-6A volleyball
The Seven Lakes volleyball team was swept by fellow defending district co-champion Tompkins in the league opener for both teams. The Spartans have not lost a set since, adding sweeps of Katy and Taylor last week to stand as the only 4-1 team in 19-6A after five nights of play.
Seven Lakes handed Katy its first district loss Sept. 18, winning 25-19, 25-20, 25-22. Sophomore Ally Batenhorst, who committed to the University of Nebraska this past week, led the Spartans with 16 kills and 12 digs. Lexi Stumbough had a team-high 14 digs with nine kills and six blocks.
Seven Lakes was strong at the net, with Gabrielle Collins and Rebecca Chang combining for nine more blocks. Morgan Janda recorded 32 assists and nine digs, while Ava Underwood had 14 digs and Natalie Winter added 11 kills and nine digs.
Amanda Meuth led Katy with 12 kills in the match, with Maddie Waak totaling 10 kills and 11 assists. Autumn Gentry (17 digs, 15 assists), Maddie Thayer (16 digs) and Hannah Hoover (12 digs) were among the Tigers’ defensive leaders.
The Spartans followed with a 25-13, 25-11, 25-13 sweep of Taylor, led by Winter’s 11 kills and three aces. Anna Smith (5 blocks) and Lauren Brattain (2 blocks) helped lead the defense at the net, with Batenhorst (9 kills, 4 blocks), Underwood (10 digs) and Janda (28 assists) among the statistical leaders.
Taylor ended the week tied for a playoff spot at 2-2, including a four-set win against Mayde Creek. Reagan Mills led the Mustangs with 11 kills and eight aces, with Alexi Brown adding 21 digs and three aces. Kinley Carson (15 assists), Reagan Fitzgerald (10 digs) and Gabriela Perez (6 kills, 3 aces, 4 blocks) helped propel Taylor to victory.
Tompkins finished the week tied with Cinco Ranch for second place at 3-1, sweeping Morton Ranch and Katy. Crispin Adams and Moyra Zulaica had five kills to lead a balanced offense in a 25-9, 25-18, 25-17 sweep of the Mavericks, with Paris Herrmann (4 aces, 9 digs), Mimi Heholt (3 blocks), Claire Hedgpeth (10 digs) and Bethany Powell (12 assists) filling the stat sheet.
Morton Ranch was led by 24 digs from Katrina Sanchez against Taylor, with Taylor Nichols adding 13 assists and Katie Lewis making 10 digs and five kills.
Tompkins swept Katy 25-22, 25-21, 28-26 as Herrmann (12 kills) and Zulaica (10 kills, 13 digs) led the way. Powell amassed 19 assists, Adams led with 14 digs and Heholt had three more blocks.
Cinco Ranch won its only district match of the week, sweeping Morton Ranch 25-11, 25-18, 25-16. Danyle Courtley notched 13 kills, while Kayla Griebl added eight kills and two aces. Brooke Hirsch (12 digs) and Eva Fitzgerald (13 assists) recorded team-highs as well.
District 19-6A teams conclude the first half of the district schedule Sept. 28.