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Glenn Round 2 Recap
By GALEN WELLNICKI
Like most sports in basic theory volleyball is a very simple game -- outscore your opponent by keeping the bad guys from putting the ball on the floor -- inside the dimensions of the court --on the good guys side of the net and reversing the process when the good guys are attacking.
Tuesday night in its 3-0 District 25-5A victory over Leander Glenn at Eagle Gym, Georgetown had two individuals --senior defensive specialist Ellie Eissler and junior outside hitter Claire Mitchell -- lead coach Jenny Richardson's Eagles to the desired performance levels.
The 5-foot-5 Eissler was the leader in thwarting the Gtizzlies' offense with 24 of Georgetown's 83 digs and the 5-7 Mitchell, who plays volleyball on Tuesday and is a varsity cheerleader for Friday Night Lights, put down 16 of the Eagles' 41 kills.
"I'm not happy with our district record (5-5), but I'm happy that we are improving with Easch match," Richardson said after the 25-18, 25-16, 25-14 decision. "We didn't serve well enough -- only three aces in 72 serves -- and we need to get better in that area of the game.
"The 24 digs by Eissler was an outstanding effort in just a three-set match and Mitchell hit that ball well."
The 5-5 record put Georgetown in a position where it can pull back into serious contention for fourth place and a trip to the 128-team 5A state playoffs. The fifth-place Eagles, 22-19 on the season, are within one-game of fourth-place Leander (6-4). GHS can pull even with the Lions, if it beats arch-rival East View at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the Patriots' court and Leander falls to Cedar Park, which shares second place at 8-2 with Liberty Hill.
However, there is a catch prior to the Eagles and Lions regular-season finale as Leander appears to have a much easier schedule in games 12 and 13 with Marble Falls (0-10) next Tuesday and Glenn (2-8) on the following Friday. On those dates, GHS faces tussles at home with Liberty Hill and on the road against front-running and state-ranked Rouse. The final contest with Leander will be at Eagle Gym on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
Georgetown bested East View (2-8) by a 3-0 count in the first 25-5A meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Eagle Gym in a tightly contested (25-23, 27-25, 25-23) match. After beating the Patriots, GHS closed the first half with three losses -- Liberty Hill, 3-1; Rouse, 3-0; and Leander, 3-1.
In the win over Glenn, the GHS offense hit .251 with a kill efficiency of 35.7, while the Grizzlies hit .063 with a 22.5 kill reading. Senior Lauren Cavanaugh followed Mitchell on the kill chart with 10, while junior Kate Stengle and 6-4 sophomore Addy Gaido each had six. The 5-10 Cavanaugh, sporting a new hair-color, also had all three of the Eagles' aces and figured in three blocks. Junior Mia Vasquez had nine kills for the Gtizzlies.
Eissler had plenty of defensive support as junior Ellie Quiroz had 15 digs and sisters senior Annika Flora and junior Alexis Flora each added 11 each. The elder Flora fed the attack with 33 assists.
The opening set with Glenn was nip and tuck until the score reached 13-13. At that point, GHS ran eighth-consecutive points on a service series by Eissler, which included multiple kills by Mitchell. Glenn cut the eight-point 21-13 margin to five at 22-17, but got no closer as kills by Cavanaugh and Stengle set up set point.
Trailing 11-10 in the second set, GHS used five straight Glenn hitting errors as the foundation of a stretch in which they outscored the Grizzlies, 8-1, to build s six-point edge at 18-12. Glenn pulled back within four, but the Eagles scored seven of the final nine points.
With GHS holding a 15-12 advantage in the third set, Georgetown outscored Glenn, 10-2, over the remainder of the set with Cavanaugh supplying much of the offense.
In sub-varsity action, Georgetown swept the JV and two freshman matches by 2-0 margins. The JV improved to 8-2 in district and the Freshman White to 9-1.
There will be a full slate of sub-varsity contests Friday at East View with the JV and Freshman White playing at 5:30 and the Freshman Blue at 6:30 p.m.
TUESDAY'S DISTRICT 25-5A MATCH
At Eagle Gym
GEORGETOWN 3, LEANDER GLENN 0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-14)
KIlls: 41-115 (11 errors). Hitting percentage: .251. Kill efficiency: 35.7. Individual: Claire Mitchell, 16-39, Lauren Cavanaugh, 10-28; Addy Gaido, 6-12; Kate Stengle, 6-21; Annika Flora, 2-9; Emmy van der Heijden, 1-3.
Aces (3-2): Cavanaugh 3. Total blocks (3): An. Flora 3, Cavanaugh 3. Digs (83): Ellie Eissler 24, Ellie Quiroz 15, Alexis Flora 11, Annika Flora 11, Mitchell 8, Cavanaugh 8, Karsyn Hamons 4, Gaido 2. Assists: (36): An. Flora 33, Al. Flora 1, Eissler 1, Quiroz 1.
Kills: 25-111 (18 errors). Hitting percentage: .063. Kill efficiency: 22.5. Individual leaders: Kills: Mia Vasquez, 8-27; Izzy Hunstock, 6-42; Cyla Bobo, 5-13. Aces (3-50): Brooke Stermer, 2. Total blocks (6): Hannah Marchell, 4. Digs (54): Stermer, 12; Abbie Owens, 9. Assists (24): Owens, 12.
Records: Georgetown, 5-5 in 25-5A, 22-19 season; Glenn. 2-8 in 25-5A, 13-27 season.
Sub-varsity results: JV -- Georgetown, 2-0 (25-21, 25-19), 8-2 in 25-5A. Freshman A: Georgetown White, 2-0 (25-16, 27-25), 9-1 in 25-5A. Freshman B -- Georgetown Blue, 2-0 (25-10, 25-10).
DISTRICT 25-5A AT A GLANCE
Standings: Leander Rouse, 9-1; Liberty Hill, 8-2; Cedar Park, 8-2; Leander, 6-4; GEORGETOWN, 5-5; East View, 2-8; Leander Glenn, 2-8; Marble Falls, 0-10.
LAST TUESDAY'S MATCHES
Georgetown 3, Glenn 0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-14)
Liberty Hill 3, East View 0 (25-10, 25-22, 25-17)
Rouse 3, Leander 1 (15-25, 29-27, 25-15, 25-19)
Cedar Park 3, Marble Falls 0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-16)
Georgetown at East View, 6:30 p.m.
Cedar Park at Leander, 6:30 p.m.
Glenn at Liberty Hill, 6:30 p.m.
Marble Falls at Rouse, 6:30 p.m.
GHS' REMAINING SECOND-HALF 25-5A SCHEDULE
(All varsity matches at 6:30 p.m.)
Oct. 15 -- at East View
Oct. 19 -- Liberty Hill (Dig Pink Night)
Oct. 23 -- at Leander Rouse
Oct. 26 -- Leander (Sun City Night)