Cy Woods, Clear Lake to play in regional volleyball final
Cypress Woods and Clear Lake earned berths in today's 4 p.m. 5A Region III championship match with semifinal wins Friday at the Campbell Center.
Cy Woods took down Clear Creek 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20, while Clear Lake opened the doubleheader with a 27-25, 25-21, 25-20 sweep of Cy-Fair.
Reacting to its first lost set of the playoffs, Cy Woods stepped its game up a notch in the third and fourth sets. Clear Creek was unable to match the four- and -five-point runs that put Cy Woods in front to stay in both.
"We talk about that with the kids," Cy Woods coach Ashley Ahlfinger said. "You aren't going to go through without losing a game. How do you handle it? How do you make the adjustments?
"They've very adaptable and very coachable. The two losses we've had have been key in learning how to rise above that."
Two early point runs staked Cy Woods to a 16-9 lead in the third set. The fourth saw Cy Woods break an early 7-7 tie with a 7-1 run.
All four sets were a slugfest featuring aggressive hitting and outstanding defense. Cy Woods was able to make a few more big plays in both areas to gain the advantage.
Cy Woods setter Chloe Collins benefited from the defensive showing, evenly distributing an offensive attack that saw Carla Armstrong, Marisia Guzman and Sarah Nielsen combine for 38 kills.
Senior Rachel Hobaugh had an outstanding showing with 13 kills, 30 digs and two aces.
Clear Lake unleashed its powerful hitting game in the opening contest and found Cy-Fair unable to consistently respond.
The Falcon trio of Kiara Wright, Kate Foley and Haley Satterwhite accounted for 35 of the team total of 44 kills. Wright and Foley led the way with 13 and 12 kills, respectively.
The Bobcats began to lose their way late in the second set after establishing a 19-16 lead.
Tough serving by Brinley Williams and aggressive play at the net led to six unanswered points. Clear Lake finished off the set with a 9-2 run.
"The match that we had against Deer Park gave us the confidence to know we can come back at any time," Falcon coach Chanda Eager said. "We also wanted to focus on starting off the game strong."
Kylie Schott enjoyed a good night for Cy-Fair with 10 kills and three solo blocks. Sarah Teel also had 10 kills, while Emily Wright finished with nine.
Losing the lead late in the second set had an effect on the Bobcats, who fell behind early in the third and never came closer four points.
Clear Lake displayed better passing and consistely found holes in the Cy-Fair block.
"I can't enough about how well the girls played tonight," Eager said. "(Libero) Elayni Stokes was wonderful tonight with her backcourt defense. Kate Foley and Kiara had wonderful matches. They were all driven and knew exactly what they needed to do to win the match."
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