Aledo volleyball fans who arrived early enough at the Curtis Culver Center on Thursday to witness the Brock-Holliday Class 2A semi-final match-up may not have known they were to see more of the same when their Ladycats took the court against Friendswood in the Class 4A clash.
Both matches went the maximum five sets, indicative of the quality of play, and teams, at the state level. In fact the sequence of wins was the same for both squads, dropping the first and fourth games and dominating the rubber match.
The first four games of the 2A state semifinal between Brock and Holliday gave little indication of what would transpire down the final stretch in the fifth game. Throughout the match, the advantage had teetered back and forth, with the margin rarely straying beyond two or three points difference.
But in the deciding set and the point count leveled at four each, Brock took the lead and never gave it back, reeling off nine-straight points while Holliday only managed one, resulting in a 13-5 advantage. Brock cruised through the final points, something it had not been able to do at any time during the night. With the surprising finish, Brock advanced to the championship game, beating Holliday, 25-27, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 15-7.
After dropping the first game of the match, played at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on Thursday, Brock methodically gained the advantage, eventually building a six-point lead midway through the third set. The margin was the largest either team had seen to that point in the match.
“I told the girls before the game that nothing was going to come easy at this level,” said Brock head coach Keith Guyon. “Especially with this [Holliday] team. Since I’ve been at Brock this is the fourth time we have played them, and the first time we have beat them.