For the fifth year in a row the Windthorst Trojanettes and the Archer City Lady Cats have earned spots in the Regional Semifinal game. For four years in a row these two teams have played for the 2A Region 1 Championship to qualify for the State Tournament. In 2013 Windthorst was the winner, in 2014 Archer City came out on top, in 2015 it was the Trojanettes again, and last year is was the Lady Cats. At the State Tournament the Trojanettes came home with silver medals in each appearance and the Lady Cats earned a silver and bronze in their two tries. Perhaps this year one of these teams will bring home the gold.
This Friday at 9am in The Coliseum in Snyder, the Archer City Lady Cats will face the second ranked Sanford-Fritch Lady Eagles. At 11am in The Coliseum the Windthorst Trojanettes will play the Wink Lady Cats. If both Archer County teams prevail they will square off for the fifth straight year to determine the 2A Region 1 representative to the State Tournament.
Trojanettes collar Lady Bulldogs in Region 1 Quarterfinal
The Windthorst Trojanettes came into the November 7th Regional Quarterfinal match ranked #7 to face #4 Hawley, but in typical Windthorst style, proved that rankings don’t amount to much on the court.
The Trojanettes capitalized behind the swings of Mollee Kirk (10 kills), Brynlee Wolf (11 kills, 11 assists, 3 aces, 5 digs), and Kora Pennartz (6 kills, 8 digs) keeping the Lady Cats off balance, but when the Lady Cats were able to get in swings of their own, the Trojanette’s defense didn’t allow for much opportunity to sway the momentum. Grace Hoegger held her own (22 digs) along with stronghold Tatum Veitenheimer (13 digs, 13 assists, 2 kills, 2 aces), and Blaire Schreiber (11 digs, 3 assists, 2 aces).
Hawley sabotaged their own efforts as their touches were plagued with double-hits and mental errors throughout the match. The first set Windthorst led by nine (13-4) before Hawley could get their feet under them, but their efforts to dig themselves out of the hole were useless.
In the second set Kirk was responsible for 4 of Windthorst’s first 6 points and then Wolf and Pennartz took over and found Hawley’s court to finish off the second set.
The third set led to a Hawley second wind that seemingly was stolen right out of Windthorst’s sail. Hawley’s energetic comeback gave them a three point lead (10-13) but the Trojanettes kept hammering away with an ace from Abby Brown, a big solo block from Wolf, and the final nail was struck with a Pennartz kill earning Windthorst the win (25-15, 25-12, 25-17) and a trip to the 2A Region 1 Tournament on Friday, November 10th, where they will face the Fort Hancock Lady Mustangs at 11:00am in Snyder.
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The Trojanettes swept the Hamilton Lady Bulldogs in the Area round match (25-15, 25-19, 25-10) last Thursday, November 2nd, in Mineral Wells. Mollee Kirk led the team (12 kills) with strong showings from Brynlee Wolf (8 kills), Tatum Veitenheimer (11 assists, 6 kills, 5 digs) along with Kora Pennartz (10 digs, 5 kills), Blaire Schreiber (11 assists, 7 digs) and Grace Hoegger (5 kills).
Archer City eliminates Miles for fifth time
The Miles Lady Bulldogs really hate to see the Archer City Lady Cats coming and last Tuesday night in Albany was no exception. For the fifth year in a row the Lady Cats bumped Miles out of the playoff bracket. They were no easy out, but the Archer City swept them in three sets. Set scores were 25-18, 25-20, 25-22. The Lady Cat season record now stands at 24-11
Lauren Castles with 22 kills and a block lead the way for the Lady Cats who jumped out to a 12-6 lead in Set 1. The Lady Bulldogs fought back to tie at 12-12 forcing an Archer timeout. From that point the Lady Cats outscored Miles 13-6 with Castles providing 5 beastly kills and a tip down the stretch for a final 25-18 first set win.
In the second set the Lady Cats jumped out to a 9-1 lead but the Lady Bulldogs kept battling closing the deficit to 23-18 late. At that point the teams traded points to a 25-20 finish. The third set was close all the way. With the scored at 22-20 again Castles came to the rescue with a kill and a tip. Kacey Hasley had a big kill for point 23 as Castles supplied the knockout punch to finish the set in the Lady Cats favor 25-22.
Digs were a big part of the Archer win as Miles kept lofting the ball over the Lady Cat front line. Sam Clements had 39 digs. Grace Morris had 14 digs, a block, and 8 kills at key times in the match. Sierra Mooney had 11 digs and an all-important 39 assists to set up Castles and the other front line players at the net. Freshman Emily Salyers had 2 kills also to help balance the Lady Cat attack.
In Mineral Wells last Thursday the Lady Cats breezed through the Area round sweeping Hico 25-4, 25-9, 25-17. Castles registered 17 kills, 2 aces, and four blocks. Clements had 13 digs to go along with Mooney’s 26 assists