Lady Tigers looking to the future as season closes
With losses to Caldwell and then Madisonville Tuesday night at Tiger Gymnasium, the Lady Tigers finish the season at 7-21 overall and 1-11 in District 24-3A play.
Rockdale has not posted a winning season in volleyball since 1999 and has made just one playoff appearance (2006) in the past 15 years.
"This season we would have liked to make playoffs, but I don't write off this season," said firstyear Rockdale Coach Jason Williams. "The whole program has made great strides in building a solid foundation to construct a winning program in the years to come.
"The athletes now have a vision of what needs to be done and the hunger to do it. We have a message for next years opponents, watch out for the Tigers."
In the 25-23, 26-24, 25-21 loss to Madisonville Tuesday, senior Crystal Callas finished off her brilliant season with 10 digs, eight kills, seven assists, one ace and one block.
Senior Emily Ammon turned in four digs, two aces and one kill.
Lyndee Pannell pocketed three aces and three kills, Katie Strelsky six assists, Hailey Offield four digs, Kathryn Dodd five assits, Krista Phillps three blocks and Jill Young two kills.
In the 25-10, 25-13, 25-19 loss to Caldwell, Callas piled up three digs, three assists and one ace.
Young had two digs and two blocks, while Lyndee Pannell chipped in six digs and two aces, Brittany Frei three blocks and a dig, Ammon four digs and an ace Bailey Pannell two digs, Strelsky four assists and Dodd two assists.
Caldwell successfully defended its district crown with a perfect 12-0 record that added to the Lady Hornets overall mark of 27-11.
Cameron (10-2) finished second with its only two losses coming at the hands of Caldwell. Taylor (9- 3) grabbed the last playoff spot.
Cameron def. RJH 8A 25-13, 18-25, 15-5. Ser vice points— Evans 6, Simank 4, Wages 2.
RJH 8B def. Cameron 25-15, 25-15—Burns 8, Holt 5, Free 4.
Cameron def. RJH 7A 25-4, 26- 24—Roddam 6, Green 4.
RJH 7B def. Cameron 11-25, 25-22, 15-4—Hicks 10, Contreras 7, Zepeda 3.