Connally Summary

Connally Summary
By GALEN WELLNICKI
  The blue-clad fandom of Georgetown began the chant “bring out the brooms” in the third set of Tuesday night’s bi-district volleyball match, while the green-clad Pflugerville Connally followers could only endure the final minutes of the 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-11) sweep on the Pflugerville Weiss court.
   For the Lady Eagles, now 33-13 for the season, it was their first playoff victory since sweeping Boerne Champion in a bi-district match on Nov. 6 in 2015. Something that had veteran coach Jenny Richardson and here junior-dominated roster savoring the now and the promise of the future.
   Tuesday’s victory advances the 18-5A runners-up into an area battle with District 19-5 champion College Station A&M Consolidated (36-11) at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Giddings High School. The Lady Tigers earned their spot against GHS with a 3-1 victory over Montgomery, the fourth-place squad in 20-5A.  Consolidated prevailed by a 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-13 count.
   The Georgetown-A&M Consolidated winner will advance into the Region III-5A quarterfinals against either Cedar Park (31-12) or Humble Kingwood Park (36-11) on Monday or Tuesday.  The Timberwolves play the Lady Panthers at 5 p.m. Friday in the opening game of a doubleheader at Bryan High School.  In the second game at Viking Gym. Leander Rouse (27-15) will play Waller (26-14).
   “I thought we did a really good job of changing it up on the floor,” Georgetown coach Jenny Richardson said. “If we did something wrong, we did it differently the next time. To come in here with an atmosphere like this, when most of our players haven’t been in a playoff atmosphere, to play like that and never lose focus, never quit — I will say I’m happy with how we played.”
   “The sense of renewed accomplishment in the playoffs also was shared with the players.
   “We’re really excited,” junior outside hitter Ivey Weber said. “it’s something that hadn’t been done around here for a long time. We’re super excited about the playoffs.”
   “All of our hard work is starting to pay off,” senior captain MacKenzie Skelton told the Austin American-Statesman. “All of our hard practices, all of our emotional practices, it’s (for this). . . .  Not losing the first round was important. As a senior, especially after missing the playoffs last year, this means a lot.”
    For at least one player, junior Emery Herman, who missed a considerable portion of the season with leg injuries, it was a homecoming to her complete game — scoring, acing her serves, topping the assist chart and digging the ball off the floor and out of the net.
    “It was fun,” she said. “I felt free out there.”
    The first set was competitive with Connally trailing only 20-17, but Georgetown  closed strongly, outscoring the Cougars 5-1 to close out the set. The rally included aces by Skelton and junior Brianna Stovall, kills by Herman and Weber with the set point coming  on a hitting error by the Cougars.
    The second set followed a somewhat similar script in the closing minutes as the Lady Eagles expanded a 20-15 edge by scoring five of the final six points. The closing surge included a kill by Stovall, a dunk over the net by junior MaKenzey Blades and a flip over the net by Herman.
   The third set was just about over by the midpoint as GHS ignited a 10-point run to go up 14-5. Connally battled back to 15-9, but then the Lady Eagles scored eight consecutive points, including three consecutive aces by Herman. A flip over the net backward by junior Carley Hawkins ended the match.
   Georegetown, which hit .223 against the third-place team from 17-5A, scored on 34 of  77 kill attempts for a 39.1 kill efficiency. Stovall and Weber paced the attack with nine and seven kills, respectively, while junior Blades added six and Herman five. The 5-foot-11 Herman fed the offense with 23 assists and Herman and Stovall posted five aces and Stovall 2. Junior Taelyn Jones  and Skelton had 15 and nine digs, respectively.
  Sophomore Jaylin Foster led Connally with eight kills and three blocks.
  Asked about the challenge of facing  a Consolidated team that is riding a 16-match win streak and hasn’t lost since it dropped a 3-1 decision to Class 6A Conroe Oak Ridge on Sept. 6, Richardson answered, “I’ve had them on my radar for a couple weeks.”
   Offensively, Consolidated is led by junior Sutton Springer with 502 kills in 136 sets with a 33.2 kill efficiency. Senior Emily Edwards has 365 kills and 907 assists on her worksheet and senior Sawyer Nowak has made 768 digs and launched 71 aces.
TUESDAY’S 17-5A VS. 18-5A BI-DISTRICT MATCH
At Pflugerville Weiss
  GEORGETOWN DEF. PFLUGERVILLE WEISS. 3-2 (25-18, 25-16, 25-11). Hitting percentage: GHS, .223; PC, na. Kill efficiency: GHS, 39.1 (34 of 39.1); PC, na.
   Georgetown individeal leaders: Kills —  Brianna Stovall 9 o f 15, Ivey Weber 7 of 18, MacKenzey Blades 6 of 14, Emery Herman 5 of 7, Carley Hawkins 4 of 10, McKenna Mokry 2 of 18, MacKenzie Skelton 1 of 3. Aces (9) — Herman 5, Stovall 2, Shelton 1, Taelyn Jones 1. Assists (24) — Herman 23, Blades 1. Total blocks (2) — Herman 2, Stovall 1. Digs (53) — T. Jones 15, Skelton 9, Weber 7, Annika Flora 6, Hawkins 5, Herman 5, Stovall 4, Mokry 2.
   Connally individual leaders — Jaylin Foster, 8 kills, 3 blocks (only statistics available).
   Records: Georgetown, 33-13; Connally, 24-18.
17-5A VS. 18-5A BI-DISTRICT RESULTS
Hutto 3, Pflugerville 0; Georgetown 3, Pflugerville Connally 0; Cedar Park 3, East View 0; Leander Rouse 3, Bastrop 0.
REGION III-5A AREA SITES OF INTEREST
  Georgetown vs. College Station A&M Consolidated, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Giddings High School.
  Hutto vs. Tomball, 7 p.m. Friday, Hearne High School.
  Cedar Park vs. Humble Kingwood Park, 5 p.m. Friday, Bryan High School.
   Leander Rouse vs. Waller, 7 p.m. Friday, Bryan High School.
REGION III-5A BI-DISTRICT RESULTS
(In bracket order)
  Top half:  Humble Kingwood Park 3, Brenham 1; Cedar Park 3, East View 0;  College Station A&M Consolidated 3, Montgomery 1; Georgetown 3, Pflugerville Connally 0; Richmond Foster 3, Houston Madison 0; Port Neches-Groves 3, Crosby 1; Fort Bend Hightower 3, Houston Waltrip 0; Alta Loma Santa Fe 3, Nederland 0.
Bottom half: Hutto 3, Pflugerville 0; Tomball 3, College Station 0; Leander Rouse 3, Bastrop 0; Waller 3, Willis 1; Friendswood 3, Vidor 0; Pearland Shadow Creek 3, Houston Austin 0; Mont Belview Barbers Hill 3, Baytown Goose Creek Memorial 1;  Manvel 3, Houston Sterling 0.
REGION III-5A AREA PAIRINGS
(in bracket order)
  Top half: Humble Kingwood Park (36-11) vs. Cedar Park (31-12); College Station A&M Consolidated (36-11) vs. GEORGETOWN (33-13); Richmond Foster (33-8) vs. Port Neches-Groves (23-6); Fort Bend Hightower (20-15) vs. Alta Loma Santa Fe (29-13).
   Bottom Half: Hutto (37-9) vs. Tomball (30-13); Leander Rouse (27-15) vs. Waller (26-14); Friendswood (30-14) vs. Pearland Shadow Creek (29-11); Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill (25-17) vs. Manvel (30-12).

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