ABILENE BOUND

Granbury, advance to Regional Tournament
By Dominic Genetti
The Community News

Q Ladycats defeat

As she landed on her feet, her jubilant scream could be heard over the hundreds of cheering fans celebrating an Aledo victory that is sending the Ladycats to the Regional Tournament for the first time in two years. “That was amazing, I just had so much adrenaline, just jumped as high as I could and hit my hardest,” Briana Sharratt said after her victorious spike. “I’m just really excited, we played our hardest.” The 6’1” sophomore executed a powerful kill too hard to handle for the Granbury Lady Pirates and within an instant the entire varsity squad raided the court in overwhelming excitement. The leaping spike gave Aledo a match four victory and sealed the deal for the girls’ advancement to the regional semifinals. “I am so proud of these girls,” Aledo head coach Kathy Goings said over the shouting students singing the school’s alma mater. “They’re just fighters, they’ve been fighters all year long. “Never once did I doubt them because I knew once we get things clicking they couldn’t stop us.”

Match 1: Aledo 23, Granbury 25
Inside the dimly lit Weatherford High School gymnasium fans packed the building normally filled with spectators dressed in blue and white paraphernalia. This time the atmosphere was packed to the rafters with fans draped in orange in support of Aledo and purple for the Lady Pirates of Granbury. It took nearly 30 seconds, 29.7 to be exact, for the first point to be scored and it was Granbury who would attack first. Aledo came back to tie on the next serve, but it was the Lady Pirates who would pull ahead before the Ladycats could come back and retie the match at six. With sets from sophomore Mallory Powell, blocks from 6’3” junior Tyler Gromann and kills

from team senior co-captain Jordan Jacobs, Aledo pulled ahead breaking a 7-7 tie on a 5.1-second volley. The Ladycats gained three more points before Granbury came back to hold a brief 12-11 lead, but again it was the Ladycats who prevailed. Aledo began to run away with the match boasting a 22-17 lead, but the quick play of the Lady Pirates kept the match moving at a fast pace and no lead was safe. Granbury was crawling back. Aledo gained a 23-18 lead on a 6.5-second volley, and all the Ladycats needed was a two more points to take the first match in a best of five game. The Aledo fans began to rise and stand in the retractable bleachers. Students started chanting. “JOR-DAN, JOR-DAN,” they shouted while stomping their feet and clapping their hands as Jacobs went to serve. But Aledo couldn’t and wouldn’t gain a single point for the remainder of the match. The Ladycat back row began to struggle and dives toward the bullet speeding kills coming from the Lady Pirates were allowing Granbury to gain ground on the scoreboard. “I don’t even know what happened, I just couldn’t focus,” senior Taylor Brown said. “I just felt like the game was going really fast for me.” Granbury stopped the Ladycats, tied the game at 23 after a suspenseful 15.4-second volley before coming away with the 25-23 win. “It was very intense and we should have taken it,” Goings said. “We had them at 22-17 and we went on a run of errors.”

Match 2: Aledo 27, Granbury 25
The momentum from match one carried over to match two and it was Granbury once again who would attack first. The Lady Pirates had a 2-1 lead before Aledo came back to tie the match three different times. The Ladycats even had a short 5-4 lead before Granbury battled back to go up 7-5. But Aledo tied the game again at 7 and would control the match to accumulate eight more points.
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JIM SHARRAT/SPECIAL TO THE COMMUNITY NEWS

Sophomore Setter Mallory Powell (20) sets up senior Jordan Jacobs (15) for a kill in the Regional Quarterfinal volleyball game against Granbury in Weatherford Tuesday night, Nov. 9. The Ladycats now advance to the Regional Tournament at McMurry University in Abilene Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13.

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