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Volleyball roundup: Bishop Lynch, Prince of Peace take TAPPS titles
CORSICANA — Getting stronger as the match progressed, Bishop Lynch beat rival Ursuline, 25-21, 25-23, 25-17, on Saturday to repeat as the TAPPS Class 5A volleyball state champion.
Texas A&M pledge Maggie Joyce, Sofia Schleppenbach, Francesca Goncalves, Haley Puddy and Shalom Ifeanyichukwu combined for 33 kills to lead Bishop Lynch’s overpowering front line. A 6-0 sophomore, Ifeanyichukwu had 10 kills, and Joyce added nine.
Bishop Lynch (33-8) split its district matchups with Ursuline. Ursuline’s win at Lynch in October was its first over Lynch since 2007.
“I think [the Ursuline loss] helped get us focused,” Lynch coach Tricia Roos said. “We were feeling a lot of pressure. And we talked about being a new team this year. We thought we had a better team, and we wanted to come back and prove it, officially.”
Lynch took early leads in every set, and Ursuline tried to dig its way back in with help from Georgia pledge Kendall Kazor. Lynch freshman setter Callie Williams’ strong serving set the pace early in the match. Senior Madi Wilkerson (27 digs), a 5-5 St. Mary’s pledge, led a strong backline of defense.
Carrollton Prince of Peace d. Victoria St. Joseph, 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16: With its first TAPPS 4A title, Prince of Peace (40-5) established itself among the state’s top private school programs.
“It’s a validation to prove we belong,” Prince of Peace coach Heidi Henke said. “We’d won a 3A state title in 2011, but we surprised a lot of people making it to the 4A state tournament last year. Our goal on the first day in August was to come back and win. We started with a 98-day countdown to a championship, and we made it to zero.”
Led by junior middle blocker Lauren Barry’s 15 kills, Prince of Peace won the first two sets against St. Joseph with the same style that led to wins over Allen, Rowlett, Lake Highlands and Ursuline this season.
Colorado pledge Stephanie Shadley had 10 kills, and Amanda Smith had nine kills and four aces. Freshman setter Abigale Duff and senior Madyson Abeyta combined for 45 assists, and senior Hailey Erickson had 32 digs.
Hebron d. Copperas Cove: 25-22, 25-22, 25-18: Lauren Kirch had 14 kills, two aces and two blocks to help Hebron advance to play Flower Mound in a UIL 5A Region I quarterfinal.
Brookah Palmer added 11 kills for Hebron, Banner Rodgers had 16 digs and Hannah Holloway chipped in 19 assists.
Burleson d. Denton Guyer, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19: Burleson (40-3), the state’s ninth-ranked team in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A poll, pulled away in the fourth set to eliminate Guyer (31-11).
Mikayla Yates had 13 kills for Guyer, and Sydney Reyes added 10 kills, 12 digs and tied for the team lead with four blocks. Guyer setter Madison Walford, a four-year starter, returned after missing the last two matches with a torn ligament in her foot.