Dripping Springs and Cedar Park split a pair of District 25-4A volleyball matches during the regular season, but Saturday’s match between the teams was for much-higher stakes.
With a berth in the state tournament on the line, Dripping Springs topped Cedar Park in four sets. The Tigers rebounded from an opening-set loss to win 26-28, 25-23, 25-23, 26-24 in the Class 4A, Region IV final, played at Dugan Center in Corpus Christi.
Dripping Springs advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals and will learn its opponent Sunday, when pairings for the state tournament are released. The tournament will be played from Thursday through Saturday at the Culwell Center in Garland. The Tigers will open play Thursday, and the Class 4A final is set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Morgyn Greer recorded a team-high 22 kills for the Tigers (40-9) against Cedar Park while teammate Madison Green contributed 22 assists. Liberos Autumn Rounsaville and Jade Beerman led Dripping Springs’ defensive attack, each recording 19 digs. Rounsaville also had two aces.
Last season, Cedar Park (43-5) qualified for the state tournament after finishing as the runner-up to Dripping Springs in the District 25-4A race. On Saturday, the Timberwolves jumped ahead by winning the opening set, but the Tigers battled back.
“I just told them (before the second set) that we needed to clean up the unforced errors, and we would be fine,” Dripping Springs coach Michael Kane said. “We knew it would be two juggernauts going at it.”
Before the match, Kane said he reminded his players that Dripping Springs had made only one trip to the state tournament. That came in 1994, when the Tigers won the Class 3A championship.
Senior outside hitter Hailey Roberts had 26 kills for Cedar Park while freshman setter Lindsey Ledyard recorded 38 assists. Junior Dana Teets contributed 16 digs.
Bellville def. Wimberley, 25-13, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19: Wimberley fell just short of qualifying for the state tournament, losing a four-set match against Bellville in the Class 3A, Region IV final in San Antonio.
Lindsay def. Thrall, 25-23, 25-22, 25-15: Lindsay qualified for the state tournament, sweeping Thrall in the Class A, Region II final at Weatherford High.
Correction: This story reflects a name correction to Dripping Springs player Madison Green, who tallied 22 assists in the win over Cedar Park.
UIL volleyball championships
Thursday-Saturday, Culwell Center, Garland
Tickets: Single-day passes — $5, students; $10, adults. Two-day passes (Thursday/Saturday or Friday/Saturday) — $18. All-tournament pass — $20.
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