Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Volleyball playoffs: Centennial spoils Lovejoy’s bid for sixth state title; Prosper, Plano advance
RICHARDSON — Lovejoy’s run of five consecutive state championships came to an end at the hands of Frisco Centennial on Friday night.
Texas pledge Micaya White had 22 kills, and Lexi MacLean added 12 — including the last two points of the match — as Centennial beat defending Class 4A state champion Lovejoy, 25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 26-24, in a 4A Region II semifinal at Richardson Berkner.
Centennial (37-7) will play Prosper in Saturday’s 2 p.m. regional championship match.
Lovejoy (36-10) trailed 16-8 in the final set when it mounted a comeback, scoring nine of the next 10 points to make it a match that went down to the wire.
Sarah Langs led Lovejoy’s attack, amassing 16 kills, while Callie Holden had nine.
Prosper d. Waxahachie, 18-25, 25-14, 23-25, 25-16, 15-11: Prosper avenged an earlier defeat, beating Waxahachie in a 4A Region II semifinal.
The decisive fifth set went as the rest of the match — back and forth — before Prosper finished on a 7-3 run that ended with Jameson’s match-winning kill. Waxahachie had not lost a set in more than a month entering the match.
Prosper (33-11) was led by Kandyce Freeman, Meredith Bramer and Abby Jameson, who each had eight kills. Courtney Miller had eight kills for Waxahachie (38-7), and Lisa Trevino added seven.
Class 5A Region II
Plano d. Round Rock, 25-17, 25-18, 25-15: In Huntsville, Plano jumped ahead early and never let up in a 5A Region II semifinal at Sam Houston State University.
In Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. regional final, Plano (28-13) will play The Woodlands, the No. 1-ranked 5A team in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll.
“I’m really proud of the way the girls came out and stayed calm from the start,” Plano coach Teri Minnis said. “We hadn’t been able to do that at times this year, but since the playoffs started, the girls have been really focused.”
Kylie Long finished with 15 kills and 10 digs to lead Plano. Megan Duncan added 12 kills and 12 digs, and Aubrey Davis had 10 kills and 20 digs. Taylor Grunewald had 25 assists, and Whitney Scroggins had 22.
The Woodlands d. Allen, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18: Madison McDaniel and Courtney Quinn combined for 32 kills as the state’s top-ranked team eliminated Allen in a 5A Region II semifinal.
The Woodlands, ranked No. 1 in the nation by some services, improved to 42-0. Camryn Freiberg led Allen (29-16) with 11 kills, and Hannah Walsh and Katie Ingle combined for 24 assists.
Class 5A Region I
Southlake Carroll d. Hebron, 25-14, 25-12, 25-19: In Glen Rose, Furman signee Christen Sikora had nine kills, and Texas signee Cat McCoy added 23 digs as Southlake Carroll advanced to the Region I final.
Big runs ignited Southlake Carroll (47-1) in each set. Carroll, ranked second in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, erased an early 6-4 deficit with a 13-1 run to take a 17-7 lead en route to winning the first set.
Carroll did not trail in the second set, closing with a 13-1 run. Trailing 12-9 in the final set, Carroll used a 9-0 blitz to take an 18-12 lead.
Junior setters Audrey Alford and McKenzie Brewer chipped in with 19 and 14 assists, respectively, for Carroll. Hebron (37-12) was led by Banner Rodgers with 20 digs and Texas State signee Lauren Kirch with 12 kills.
Colleyville Heritage d. Arlington Martin, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18: Maddie Jones and Anna Walsh had 14 kills apiece, and Alex Janak dished out 42 assists as Colleyville Heritage (42-6) beat Martin (38-12) in a regional semifinal.
In the second set, Heritage battled back from a 19-16 deficit after a 6-0 run had given Martin the lead. Heritage opened the third set with a 5-1 margin and never trailed to clinch the match.Class 3A Region II
Longview Spring Hill d. Celina, 25-15, 25-21, 17-25, 25-9: At Mesquite Poteet, Spring Hill (38-2) put away the regional semifinal with a dominant final set, opening up a 14-2 lead with 11 straight points off the serve of Mikai Brown. Ann Hollas recorded six kills during the set.
Callie Hawkins led Celina (32-8) with 12 kills, most of which came from the middle.