Four area high school volleyball teams still harbor dreams of a state championship after moving on through the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday. That quartet includes Class 4A’s Lorena, Class 3A’s West, and 1A’s Kopperl and Blum.
Kari Sowders’ Lorena team survived a five-set match with Caldwell, giving the Lady Leopards (38-6) their second straight five-set win. Defensively, Lorena was on point, as Maddie Miller came up with 41 digs and Jenna Thompson added 28. Bailey Allison turned in a double-double with 16 kills and 15 digs.
Lorena will meet Huffman-Hargrave in the Region III-3A semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday in Bryan. If the Lady Leopards win, they’ll face the Liberty Hill-Tarkington winner at 2 p.m. Saturday for a state berth.
West also needed five sets to take down Franklin in an epic regional quarterfinal duel on Tuesday. The Lady Trojans rode Kearstyn Woodard’s 14 kills and Mia Pokluda’s eight kills and 10 blocks to the gritty win. They’ll draw East Bernard in the region semis Friday in Longview. The other semifinal pits Brazos against tradition-rich Leon.
Kopperl defeated Coolidge in four sets and Blum swept Abbott in a pair of all-Centex regional quarterfinal matches on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles are looking for their second consecutive state trip, but must first get by Tioga in the regional semis Friday in San Angelo. The possibility of a Kopperl-Blum regional final exists, with the Lady Bobcats meeting Dodd City in the other Region II-1A semifinal.
In Class 2A, Mart and Wortham saw their seasons come to an end on Tuesday. Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the area-round departure of Midway, which was swept by Lewisville Hebron last Friday. The Pantherettes were at various times ranked No. 1 in the USA Today poll and MaxPreps national rankings, but couldn’t overcome the Hawks, the defending Class 6A state champions.