Henrietta and Dublin had one thing in common entering Tuesday night’s Region I-2A Bi-District volleyball playoff in Brock – each craved a playoff win after missing the postseason a year ago.
The Lady Cats proved to be the hungrier team on the court, caging the Lady Lions of District 7-2A in three sets to earn a date against No. 25 San Angelo Grape Creek in the Area round Saturday in Eastland
The two teams will square off at 3 p.m.
"It feels great to be in the playoffs again and get that first postseason victory," said Lady Cat coach Rochelle Kabisch following the victory. "The goals of these girls have not been reached yet."
Playing under first-year head coach Ryan Lewis, the Lady Lions parlayed Lewis’ experience in leading the team to the regional quarterfinals as a player in 2004 – the school’s best volleyball season – into a second place finish in district this year.
However, any hopes of running the table in the playoffs under Lewis were quickly put to rest by the Lady Cats, who have established a strong volleyball tradition of their own under Kabisch.
Henrietta clubbed their way to a 25-17 win in the first game before claiming 25-19 and 25-14 wins in the second and third sets respectively.
Lady Cat junior Anni Scholl chalked up 10 kills, seven aces and 16 digs in a standout performance, but was not alone. Teammates Addison Wade, Joyana Zamzow and Sierra Burkhart added eight, seven and six kills respectively to backup Scholl.
Senior Annelise Sauer served up two aces to go with 11 digs and Cassie Pickett dug out nine balls in the win. Kailey Kirk finished with 14 set assists and two aces while Katie Halsell had 17 assists. The team will now await the state-ranked Grape Creek Lady Eagles (17-16) from District 6-2A, who had a first round bye. The two squads met in the 2009 Area playoff round that resulted in a 3-0 Henrietta win.
The Lady Cats advanced to the postseason by topping Jacksboro in a district playoff Friday in Windthorst for third place in District 8-2A.
The team made it back-to-back sweeps of the Tigerettes, downing Jacksboro 25-14, 25-17, 23-23 after posting a 3-0 win over the team Oct. 13.
Henrietta closed regular district play Oct. 23 against Bowie, winning in three sets.