— Staff Report
Despite losing a strong front line of seniors off of its 2012 Class 2A state championship squad, Brock volleyball punched another ticket on Saturday, reserving a return trip to Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center for the UIL’s 2013 State Volleyball Tournament.
Rife with juniors and sophomores, a lone freshman and senior Kaylin Wurster, the Lady Eagles battled Callisburg’s Lady Cats to the hilt after falling behind two games to one at Rockwall High School.
Brock came back to tie the sets and prevailed in the fifth game, winning the match 25-16, 23-25, 24-26, 25-22, 15-10.
In Class 3A, Springtown’s Lady Porcupines seemed to be headed to the Saturday Region I final, after taking the first two sets of the best-of-five match against Big Spring. But the Lady Steers turned the tables on Pojo in the next two games, forcing the 15-point decider.
Like the whole match the tie-breaker was a battle, but Big Spring prevailed, and Springtown’s postseason run ended with a game count of 25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 16-25, 13-15.
Springtown ends another playoff-run season under head coach Leighann Strickland with a 32-9 overall record and a District 6-3A season sweep of 10-0.
After being eliminated in last year’s regional tournament, the Amarillo Sandies exacted their revenge on Aledo Friday, though the Ladycats did not make it easy for the panhandle team.
In the Class 4A, Region I semifinal, Aledo began on a sour note, but progressively contested each subsequent game, making it tougher for Amarillo, but eventually fell in three to the Sandies, 25-12, 25-20, 26-24.
Aledo (38-9) had hoped to make a return trip to the state tourney after beating Amarillo last year, which had ended several years of frustration with its season ending at the regional tournament.
The state tournament will be held at the Culwell Center from Thursday through Friday. Brock will play its semifinal match on Thursday at either 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. The Lady Eagles’ opponent was yet to be announced at press time.
The Class 2A state final will be played on Saturday, with a start time of 11:30 a.m.