Lady Dogs claim consolation honors at Shiner Tournament

Thorndale conquers Austin Crockett Tuesday
BY MARIE BAKKEN Reporter Staff Writer

Margie Sue Llana sets up a pass for the Lady Dogs. Margie Sue Llana sets up a pass for the Lady Dogs. The Thorndale Lady Dogs volleyball team had a rough go of it at the Shiner tournament over the weekend, but managed to come back with a consolation trophy.

Thorndale (5-7) opened up with a tourney play on Thursday with a three set loss to Lockhart (16- 25, 25-22, 14-25). Shelby Stolte was a stand out for the Lady Dogs with four kills, four assists and one block.

The loss set up Palacios as Thor nda le's nex t opponent. Again the match went to three games with the Lady Dogs coming out on the losing end 14-25, 25-21, 19-25. Jordan Heine led Thorndale with five kills and four digs.

"We were plagued by mistakes and lack of communication," Lady Dogs head coach Julie Downs said. "This is a very young team who is working very hard to be successful. I feel confident they will be a force to deal with as we travel through the season."

On Saturday, Thorndale returned to play in the tournament's consolation bracket. The Lady Dogs received a bye in the first match scheduled as a result of late drop outs in the tournament, Downs said.

Thorndale eventually took on Fayetteville for the consolation prize and came out on top 25-18, 25-23.

"The girls seemed to play a lot more aggressively on Saturday," Downs said. "The offense was much more effective due to an improvement in passing off the serve receive."

Kristen Kieschnick and Heine each tallied a seven kills in the two matches. Heine also had four aces. Stolte netted 14 assists and two blocks.


The Lady Dogs begin a long road schedule when they head to the Texas Hill Country for the Fredericksburg tournament on Thursday and Saturday. The varsity squad will also travel to Llano for a 5 p.m. on Friday. Thorndale varsity and sub-varsity teams will play in Fayetteville on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Games are set to begin at 5 p.m.

Tuesday night Austin's Crockett High School was the site of the Lady Dogs game on Tuesday night and they emerged victorious 25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 25-23.

Freshman Shelbie Maupin led the way with 17 aces while Kieschnick passed off 13 assists with four aces.

Coach Downs said Thorndale's passing game worked well for them as they were unable to get any blocks. The Lady Dogs have been averaging five blocks a game this season.

Heather Butterworth had 17 kills in the match and Shelby Stolte had 14 kills. Freshman Marlene Hall was also a standout on the serving line for Thorndale. Thorndale's subvarsity Maroon and Gold team also had victories over Crockett.

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