Lady Bulldogs claim 12-3A volleyball crown

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After surviving a tough five-set marathon win last Tuesday on the road against Eustace the Quitman Lady Bulldogs put on a dominating performance over Mineola Friday claiming the District 12-3A volleyball crown.

There was never any question Friday afternoon as the Lady Bulldogs outplayed a young and athletic Mineola team 25-9, 25-10, 25-8.

Head Coach Ashlee Lingo was pleased with the Lady Bulldogs.

“I am really proud of these girls, they have put in a lot of hard work since August to get here and be the district champs,” Lingo said.

Quitman is 13-0 in district and 31-7 on the season and set the tone for the Mineola match in the very first set. The Lady Bulldogs got an early 4-0 lead and went up 9-1 and then raced to a 22-4 advantage before finishing off the set with a 25-9 win. They followed with the 25-10 and 25-8 wins to take their 13th district win against no defeats. At press time, Quitman had one remaining district game at Grand Saline. A win at Grand Saline would give the Lady Bulldogs a perfect 14-0 district slate.

For the game, Kaci Raley had eight digs, 11 kills, two blocks; Molly Tanner nine digs, seven kills, two aces and one block. Madalyn Spears nine digs, seven kills, two aces. Cammie Hicks three digs, one ace, 25 assists, one block.

The long road trip to Eustace was a tired, but happy one on the way home, after the Lady Bulldogs had to go the distance over a talented Eustace squad, who is also headed to the state playoffs.

Quitman’s Lady Bulldogs were down 2-1 after falling to Eustace 20-25, winning 25-19 and then losing the third set 17-25.

Knowing they had to win to maintain their perfect district record, Quitman fought back to take a 25-20 win in the fourth set. The fifth and final set was a nail-biter with Quitman coming out on top 15-12 to preserve their undefeated status.

Spears had 18 digs, 19 kills, two aces and one block. Raley 20 digs, 21 kills and one assist. Tanner 18 digs, 16 kills and four blocks. Cammie Hicks seven digs, one kill, two aces, 52 assists and one block; Jentri Jackson 15 digs and five kills. Abby Dobbs had seven digs and two aces.

Quitman was ranked 17th in the state in Class 3A according to last week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association poll. The run for the state playoffs begins either Oct. 30 or 31. Right now it looks as though the opponent will be District 11 3A fourth place finisher A+ Academy, a charter school in Southeast Dallas, but that is not definite. What is definite is Quitman will go into the playoffs as a number one seed.

Region II is arguably the toughest volleyball draw in Class 3A in the state. The state’s top three ranked teams are, Beckville, Callisburg and Commerce in that order with Winona at number eight and Farmersville 12, all in Region II.

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