Hill Country unkind to Lady Dog spikers
Thorndale (6-12) faced big schools Kerrville Tivy and Medina Valley on Thursday.
Tivy got out to an early lead in both games, but the Lady Dogs found a way to fight back. Thorndale made it interesting, but lost 20-25, 20-25.
Tivy ran offensive techniques that Class A Thorndale had not seen before, including double fakes, slides and stacked attacks in all the hitting positions, according to Lady Dogs head volleyball coach Julie Downs.
The loss sent them to the consolation side of the bracket and off to face Medina Valley.
The Panthers put up a "great series of blocks," Downs said. That wall at the net coupled with bad passes and hitting errors, Thorndale fell 22-25, 12-25.
Saturday morning brought Thorndale's only weekend victory, a 25-20, 25-14 win over Johnson City.
The Lady Dogs were again rambled with errors and inexperience in the 17-25, 14-25 loss to Bandera.
Their final game in the copper bracket of the tournament was a loss to Eagle Pass. The 13-25, 17-25 defeated placed Thorndale 28 out of 32 teams in the tournament.
"The Lady Dogs came up against some very tough competitors from all over the state. It was a great experience for these ladies to have an opportunity to watch and play against such great teams," Downs said. "We had the opportunity to watch some tremendous volleyball players from legendary teams and the girls were really inspired to work harder."
Senior Kristen Kieschnick had 20 kills and 13 digs to lead Thorndale in the tournament while fellow senior Jordan Heine had 12 kills and 11 digs.
Defensive highlights included junior Margie Llana's six blocks and a combined 35 digs from senior Adriana Reyes (14) and freshman Marlene Hall (21).
Between tournament games, the Lady Dogs traveled to Llano on Friday, falling to the Yellowjackets 20-25, 14-25, 7-25. Kieschnick led Thorndale with four kills and Shelbie Stolte had four assists.
Tuesday night The Lady Dogs got back on the winning track with a road victory over Fayetteville on Tuesday night.
After dropping the first set 11- 25, Thorndale made some defensive and blocking adjustments and swept the next three games 25-12, 25-22, 28-26.
Kieschnick was on fire again with 10 kills. Llana was big defensively with five blocks, as was Heine with nine digs.
Thorndale's Maroon team also defeated the Lady Lions 25-13, 25-19.