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East View Recap Round 2
By GALEN WELLNICKI
Anxiety is not a desired factor in preparations for important events, including athletic contests. Its characteristics are contrary to the needed concentration. There is no time for the mind to wonder to doubt's version of Wynken, Blynken and Nod.
Prior to Friday's District 25-5A volleyball battle with arch-rival East View in the Patriots' realm there was a high anxiety that was somewhat of a concern for Georgetown coach Jenny Richardson.
"it had me on edge all day before the match," Richardson said. "I can't believe how the combination of playing East View at East View, homecoming and the importance of the game must have worked on the kids."
But after a slow start -- a 25-23 setback in the opening set -- Georgetown rallied to a 3-1 victory, winning sets two through four by scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-20. Nervousness was allowed to escape steadily to the mythical land in the poem with the three children in a boat made from a shoe.
"I proud of what the kids were able to do," Richardson said of a victory that lifted the Eagles, now 23-19 for the season, into a fourth-place tie with Leander at 6-5 with just three matches remaining in the regular season.
But the cloud of anxiety probably still clings to the Eagles' uniforms if they intend to reach the 128-team UIL state playoffs. They must win at least rwo of their last three games, including the regular-season finale with Leander to have a shot at the postseason.
In its two contests prior to the Leander match -- GHS must navigate its way through two-straight state-ranked teams -- No. 21 Liberty Hill (9-2 in 25-5A, 33-8 season) on Tuesday on Dig Pink Night at Eagle Gym and at No. 11 Leander Rouse (10-1 in 25-5A, 29-12 season) on Friday. Both matches are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. starts.
Of course, the Lions must play two matches this week, but their task seems considerably lighter -- at winless Marble Falls (0-11 in 25-5A) on Tuesday and Leander Glenn (2-9 in 25-5A) at home on Friday.
In the first meeting at Liberty Hill on Friday, Sept. 24, the Panthers claimed a 3-1 victory (23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23) over the Eagles.
In the win over East View, GHS hit .239 (60-163, 21 errors) and had a 36.8 kill efficiency. Junior Kate Stengle led the offense with 19 kills and senior Lauren Cavanaugh and junior Claire Mitchell were also in double figures with 15 and 12, respectively. Senior Annika Flora fed the offense with 40 assists and junior Alexis Flora had three of the Eagles' six aces.
Defensively, Al. Flora had 23 digs and senior Ellie Eissler, junior Ellie Quiroz and junior Karsyn Hammons followed with 19, 18 and 16. An. Flora, Cavanaugh and Stengle each figured in two of Georgetown's three total blocks.
The opening set was a tight effort with East View, now 2-9 in district, until it broke a 23-23 tie. It finished the period on a GHS hitting error and a point by M'Kenzee Nkansah. The score was deadlocked six times. A kill by Stengle and a point by An. Flora put the Eagles up 22-20, but the Patriots scored five of the final six points to take the set.
In the second set, a kill by Stengle put Georgetown ahead to stay, but the Patriots rallied to reduce the GHS lead to 20-19 before the Eagles finished the set with five straight points, including kills by 6-foot-4 freshman Addy Gaido, Mitchell and the set point by Cavanaugh.
A block that included Cavanaugh, gave Georgetown the lead for good at 3-2 in the third set and the Eagles, who led by as many as seven points before finishing off the victory by scoring five the final seven points with Stengle, Cavanaugh and An. Flora having kills in the final run from 21-15.
The final set remained close until a kill by Mitchell put GHS ahead by five at 20-15. The two rivals split the final 10 points, but GHS finished up by five on a kill by Mitchell, her second down the stretch along with kills by Gaido and Cavanaugh.
Georgetown swept the sub-varsity matches, The JV and Freshman White (A) both won 2-0 and the Freshman Blue (B) claimed a 2-1 decision.
Tuesday's sub-varsity schedule against Liberty Hill will have the JV and Freshman White playing at 5:30 p.m. and Freshman Blue at 6:30 p.m. The Freshman White will play at 5:30 p.m. The freshman contests are played in the lower gym.
FRIDAY'S DISTRICT 25-5A MATCH
At East View
GEORGETOWN 3, EAST VIEW 1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-20)
Kills: 60-163 (21 errors). Hitting percentage: .239. Kill efficiency: 36.8. Individuals: Kate Stengle, 19-50; Lauren Cavanaugh, 15-26 (.538); Claire Mitchell, 12-34; Addy Gaido, 8-22; Annika Flora, 5-16; Ellie Quiroz, 1-4.
Aces (6-99): Alexis Flora 2, An. Flora 2, Cavanaugh 1. Total blocks (3): Cavanaugh 2, An. Flora 2, Stengle 1. Digs (100): Al. Flora 23, Eissler 19, Quiroz 18, Karsyn Hamons 16, An. Flora 8, Stengle 6, Mitchell 4, Emmy van der Heijden 2, Cavanaugh 2, Gaido 2. Assists (51): An. Flora 46, Al. Flora 3, Eissler 1, Hamons 1.
East View statistics unavailable.
Records: Georgetown, 6-5 in 25-5A, 23-19 season; East View, 2-9 in 25-5A, 15-32.
Sub-varsity results: JV -- Georgetown, 2-0 (25-14, 25-13). Freshman A -- GHS White. 2-0 (25-10, 25-10). Freshman B -- GHS Blue, 2-1.
DISTRICT 25-5A AT A GLANCE
Standings: Leander Rouse, 10-1; Liberty Hill, 9-2; Cedar Park, 9-2; Leander, 6-5; GEORGETOWN, 6-5; East View, 2-9; Leander Glenn, 2-9; Marble Falls, 0-11.
Note: Leander has a head-to-head victory over Georgetown.
LAST FRIDAY'S RESULTS
Georgetown 3, East View 1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-20).
Cedar Park 3, Leander 2 (25-20, 14-25, 15-25, 25-20, 15=10).
Liberty Hill 3, Glenn 0 (25-7, 25-18, 25-23.
Rouse 3, Marble Falls 0 (25-3, 25-13, 25-15).
Liberty Hill at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m.
Rouse at Cedar Park, 6:30 p.m.
East View at Glenn, 6:30 p.m.
Leander at Marble Falls, 6:30 p.m.
GHS' REMAINING SECOND-HALF 25-5A SCHEDULE
(All varsity matches at 6:30 p.m.)
Oct. 19 -- Liberty Hill (Dig Pink Night)
Oct. 23 -- at Leander Rouse
Oct. 26 -- Leander (Sun City Night)
TEXAS GIRLS COACHES ASSOCIATION
CLASS 5A RANKINGS
(Released Monday, Oct. 18)
1. Dallas Highland Park, 32-5; 2. College Station, 33-2; 3. McKinney North, 22-6; 4. Pflugerville Hendrickson, 35-5; 5. Lucas Lovejoy, 31-6; 6. Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill, 35-3; 7. Lufkin, 34-4; 8. New Braunfels Canyon, 36-8; 9. Frisco Reedy, 25-6; 10. Gregory Portland, 33-8; 11. Leander Rouse, 29-12. 12. Mission Veteran’s Memorial 27-7; 13. Colleyville Heritage, 34-9; 14. Austin Anderson, 26-5; 15. El Paso Burges, 25-4; 16. Midlothian, 31-7; 17. Justin Northwest, 24-9; 18. Montgomery Lake Creek, 25-8; 19. Dripping Springs, 29-15; 20. Lubbock Cooper, 32-10; 21. Liberty Hill, 33-8; 22. Manvel, 28-11; 23. Amarillo, 29-11; 24. Fulshear, 29-12; 35. (tie) Sharyland Pioneer, 32-4, and Wichita Falls Rider, 21-8.
Note: Records provided by TGCA through weekend matches.