Whitney loss leaves Lady Goats fighting for final playoff spot
Two weeks after whipping the Whitney Lady Wildcats at home, the Groesbeck Lady Goats traveled to their gym and returned the favor. The two teams were tied for third place in District 19-3A with 7-5 records when they played Friday, October 20. Groesbeck came nowhere close to playing like it did in the earlier match against Whitney as it folded in three sets 18-25, 13-25 and 16-25.
The result was that the Lady Goats had to win on Tuesday, October 24 at home against Bruceville-Eddy in order to be the outright fourth place representative for 19-3A in the playoffs. That would have left them with a 8-6 record. A loss would put them in a tie for fourth with McGregor and the two teams would have to play one more match to determine who gets to go to the Bi-District round of the UIL playoffs. Coach Renee Martinez indicated that if that happened, the match with McGregor would probably be on Friday, October 27.
Whichever team it is that wins is just getting ready to jump from the frying pan into the fire as the Bi-District opponent will be the Rogers Lady Eagles on the following Monday or Tuesday. Rogers has steadily climbed the state polls for 3A volleyball as it had a 23-1 record before its two matches last week. The Lady Eagles were ranked fourth in the state as of last week’s state polls.
The Lady Goats began to get a clue of how formidable a player they were up against in the first set when freshman Allie Baker scored Whitney’s first three points on two kills and a block. Groesbeck answered with kills by Kennedy cox and Amaria Beachum. Then Whitney senior Reanna Miller who aspires to coach volleyball after college put in two kills. So did Kenzie Seely for the Wildcats along with an ace.
All Groesbeck got on offensive plays the rest of the first set were a kill and a block by Abby Johnson, a block by Haylie Mitchell and a block and another kill by Cox. Seely closed out the first set 18-25 with two final kills for Whitney.
In the second set, Baker led off with six kills as Whitney jumped to a 2-9 lead. The Groesbeck points came on a misplay by Whitney and a kill by Cox. Kena Hightower added two more kills for Whitney while Mitchell made one for Groesbeck as the score soared to 8-18 Whitney. Only Mitchell with a kill and Makenzie Gibson with a block managed to get any more points for Groesbeck in set two. Whitney took the set 13-25.
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