St. Stephens Summary

St. Stephens Summary
By GALEN WELLNICKI
  While Georgetown was celebrating Senior Night on Tuesday with a 3-0 non-district sweep of Austin St. Stephen’s at Eagle Gym, one of the major questions in District 18-5A volleyball was answered across the toll road at East View.
   Front -running Hutto swamped the third-place Patriots, 3-0, to clinch first place in district with an 11-0 record and the seven team alignment’s top seeding in the Class 5A state playoffs. The Hippos, who have trhe final night bye, have a two-game lead with one to play.
    At 6:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Gym, Georgetown (8-2) can clinch at least a tie for second-place in the final standings with a victory over Bastrop Cedar Creek (2-8). East View (7-3), hoping to keep its hopes of deadlocking the Lady Eagles alive, will play at fifth-place Elgin (3-7).
    Georgetown and East View will duel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the final  playing date of the 18-5A regular season. The Lady Eagles are scheduled to conclude the regular season on Friday, Oct. 26, at Liberty Hill, currently the 10th-ranked team in Class 4A.
    GHS bested Cedar Creek, 3-0, in the first round of district play on the road and will enter Friday’s match having won 30 of 38 sets in district play, while Cedar Creek has claimed 7 of 32 sets in 18-5A action.
     The Lady Eagles, who improved their season mark to 29-13, got a good workout in their 25-14, 25-19, 27-25 victory over the Spartans, who are members of the South Preparatory Conference.
     “That was interesting,” said GHS coach Jenny Richardson of a match that found the opposition appearing to get stronger and more comfortable in the later stages of the match. “Tonight was about honoring our four seniors (Kristin Jones, MacKenzie Skelton, Maddie Schock and Hanna Rowe).”
     Jones, Skelton and Schock performed well in the match, while Rowe was sidelined with a health issue.
     “I was happy that we won,” Richardson said, “but we need to work more on our blocking. Team’s with good outside hitters always seem to give you problems.”
     Most of those problems Tuesday night were caused by Spartans’  lanky senior outside hitter Arianna Zarae (12 kills) and multi-talented freshman Taylor Bernard.
    Georgetown scored well along its front wall with juniors MaKenzey Blades, Brianna Stovall, Ivey Weber, McKenna Mokry and Carley Hawkins putting down 13, 8, 6. 5 and 4 kills, respectively, while Skelton added four. Juniors Kristin Jones made 17 assists, Emmery Herman added 11 and freshman Annika Flora contributed nine.
   Other startistical leaders included junior Taelyn Jones and Blades with two aces each and Stovall and Blades each figured in two blocks. T. Jones topped the dig chart with 29 and Skelton added 19, while Weber with 12 and K. Jones with 10 added to the total.
   An ace by T. Jones put GHS up by 10 points at 18-8 in the first set and the Lady Eagles never let the margin drop below eight. The set point came on a net violation.
   In the second set, GHS went up by as many as 12 points at 20-8, but the Spartans fought back, using a pair of four-point runs to close the deficit to 24-19 before Skelton sealed the set with a kill.
   The third set was a neck-and-neck battle with neither team leading by more than two points. The set was tied 15 times, including 25-25.  The Lady Eagles got the deciding points on a kill by Hawkins and an ace by Weber.
    If the Eagles finish second in 18-5A, they will face the third-place team from 17-5A — either Pflugerville Connally or Pflugerville in bi-district.
    In addition to Hutto clinching the title, Bastrop (5-6) has claimed fourth place. The Lady Bears have a two-game lead in the win column and have won both meeting with the Lady Wildcats, 3-0. The GHS JV posted a 25-16, 25-10 victory over St. Stephen’s.. No freshman games were played.  Both the Lady Eagles JV and Freshmen can run their district records to 11-0 Friday with wins over Cedar Creek.
TUESDAY’S NON-DISTRICT MATCH
At Eagle Gym
  GEORGETOWN DEF. AUSTIN ST. STEPHEN’S, 3-0 (25-14, 25-19. 27-25). Hitting percentage: GHS, .278; AST., na. Kill efficiency: GHS, 37.4 (43 of 115); AST, na.
   Georgetown statistical leaders: Kills — MaKenzey Blades 13 of 23, Brianna Stovall 8 of 15, Ivey Weber 6 of 22, McKenna Mokry 5 of 12, Carley Hawkjins 4 of 17, MacKenzie Skelton 4 of 7. Aces (7) — Taelyn Jones 2, Blades 2, Kristin Jones 1, Bailee Williams 1, Weber 1. Assists — K. Jones 17, Emery Herman 11, Annika Flora 11. Total blocks — Stovall 2, Blades 2, Mokry 1. Digs — T. Jones 29, Skelton 19, Weber 12, K. Jones 10, Williams 4, Deanna De La Torre 4, Mokry 3.
   St. Stephens leaders: Kills — Ariana Zarse 12. Aces — Julia Hashman 2. Assists — Lara Bell 16. Blocks — Zarse 2. Digs — Taylor Bernard 21.
   Records:  Georgetown, 29-13; Austin St. Stephen’s, na.
  DISTRICT 18-5A STANDINGS
(Through Friday’s matches)
  xy-Hutto, 11-0; x-Georgetown, 8-2; x-East View, 7-3; x-Bastrop, 5-6; Elgin, 3-7; Bastrop Cedar Creek, 2-8; Manor, 0-10.
   xy — clinched distrrict championship and district’s top seeding in 5A playoffs. x– clinched playoff berth.
    Tuesday’s results — Hutto 3, East View 0; Bastrop 3, Elgin 0; Bastrop Cedar Creek 3,  Manor 0. Bye — Georgetown (beat Austin St. Stephen’s, 3-0).
    Friday’s matches — Bastrop Cedar Creek at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m.; Manor at Hutto, 6:30 p.m.; East View at Elgin, 6:30 p.m. Bye– Bastrop.
    Tuesday (Oct. 23) matches — Georgetown at East View, 6:30 p.m.; Manor at Bastrop, 6:30 p.m.; Elgin at Bastrop Cedar Creek, 6:30 p.m. Bye — Hutto.
     (End of district season)
DISTRICT 18-5A SETS WIN RECORDS
  Hutto, 33-4; Georgetown, 30-8; East View, 21-9; Bastrop, 18-18; Elgin, 9-23; Bastrop Cedar Creek, 7-25; Manor, 2-30.
DISTRICT 17-5A STANDINGS
(Through Friday’s matches)
(18-5A plays 17-5A in bi-district)
   x-Leander Rouse, 10-1; x-Cedar Park, 9-1; x-Pflugerville Connally, 6-4; Pflugerville, 5-5; Leander Glenn, 4-7;  Marble Falls, 1-8; Pflugerville Weiss, 0-9.
  x– Clinched playoff berth.
  Tuesday’s  results –Cedar Park 3, Leander Rouse 2; Pflugerville Connally 3 Leander Glenn 0; Marble Falls at  Pflugereville Weiss, ppd, weather (rescheduled for Thursday at Weiss). Bye — Pflugerville.
    Friday’s matches –Pflugerville at Leander Rouse, 6:30 p.m.; Cedar Park at Marble Falls, 6:30 p.m.; Pflugerville Connally at Pflugerville Weiss, 6: 30 p.m. Bye — Leander Glenn.
    Tuesday (Oct. 23) matches — Cedar Park at Pflugerville Connally, 6:30 p.m.; Leander Glenn at Pflugerville Weiss, 6:30 p.m.; Pflugerville at Marble Falls, 6:30 p.m. Bye — Rouse (Round Rock Stony Point, 6:30 p.m.).
    (End of district season)
TEXAS GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATION 5A POLL
(Released Monday, Oct. 15)
    1. Canyon Randall. 2. Lucas Lovejoy. 3. Mission Veterans Memorial. 4. El Paso Chapin. 5. Denton. 6. Frisco Liberty. 7. Wichita Falls Rider. 8. Colleyville Heritage. 9. College Station A&M Consolidated. 10. Hallsville. 11. Corpus Christi Flour Bluff. 12. El Paso El Dorado. 13. Dripping Springs. 14. Hutto. 15. Amarillo. 16. Humble Kingwood Park. 17. Fort Worth Arlington Heights. 18. Seguin. 19. Richmond Foster.  20. Gregory-Portland. 21. Manvel. 22. Crosby. 23. Lubbock Cooper. 24. San Antonio Highlands. 25. Frisco Reedy.

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