Friendswood 3 Barbers Hill 0 F
(25-16, 25-22, 25-23)
Livingston 3 Tarkington 2 F
(25-10, 23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 18-16)
Huffman 3 Hamshire-Fannett 0 F
(25-16, 25-19, 25-11)
Regional Semifinals: Huffman vs Midlothian Heritage
East Bernard 3 Orangefield 0 F
(25-20, 25-18, 25-14)
(By: Ronnie Hughes) A stellar 2018 campaign comes to an end Tuesday night for the Orangefield Lady Bobcats in the 3A regional quarterfinal round of the post season. The Lady Cats would fall,3-0, to the Lady Brahmas of East Bernard who are the 24-3A district champs. The regional quarterfinal appearance was just the third in school history for Orangefield and they're coming off a two year span where they missed the post season.
The Lady Bobcats would take a set before they found their groove and made the match competitive; falling 25-11 in the first set to the Lady Brahmas. The Lady Bahamas had 11 aces in the match and a total of 30 kills in the win that puts them in the regional quarterfinal. Kenna Novicke led the Lady Brahmas with six kills on the night.
Orangefield began to get things going in the second set. After the Lady Brahmas opened with a 7-1 run the Lady Bobcats settled in and pulled within three points forcing East Bernard to call a timeout up just 21-18. The Lady Brahmas stormed back to reel off four straight points and closed out the set, 25-18, forcing the Lady Cats into a must-win third set. Senior, Bailee Click, gave the Lady Brahmas all she had making her presence felt around the net. Click had 8 kills and four blocks on the night for the Lady Bobcats.
The Lady Bobcats found themselves within a point of the Lady Brahmas in the third and what would eventually be the final set of the night. Devany Crain and Tiffany Ciancaglione helped the Lady Bobcats keep the set close and trialing just 13-12 before the Lady Brahmas ran away with the third set. Morgan Whitley had 16 digs to lead the Lady Brahmas on the night while Novicke had 13 assists to help propel East Bernard further into the post season.
The Lady Bobcats have a bright future as they will return five from this seasons squad including Freshman, Madison Greenway, who has stepped in a big way for Orangefield. Faith Fregia and Ciancaglione both will return for their senior season in 2019 hoping to take the Lady Bobcats on another thrilling post season run. Look for the Lady Bobcats to again make noise in district 22-3A next season as they eye a district title in 2019.
Central Heights 3 Hardin 0 F
(25-22, 25-18, 25-20)