Lady Dogs play their way into playoff picture with big wins
Thorndale (14-19) and Thrall are tied for second place in District 25A with identical 5-3 league marks. Granger, who went undefeated in loop play, claimed the district crown.
The Lady Dogs and Tigerettes will compete in a one-game playoff at Taylor on Friday at 5 p.m.
Thorndale went three rounds deep in the playoffs the last two seasons, losing to Round Top- Carmine in 2008 and Flatonia in 2007.
The Lady Dogs w ill play a second or third place team from 26A. That district currently has a three-way tie for first place between Round Top-Carmine, Fayetteville and Burton.
"We are still striving to be the team we desire to be and are slowly achieving that level," Thorndale head volleyball coach said. "We are very excited about the prospect of participating in the playoffs. We believe it is not where you start, but where you finish."
Thorndale hit a small bump in the road against Bartlett Tuesday night, but were able to bounce back, winning 25-12, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-5.
The varsity continued the winning trend with the game scores of 25-12, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-5.
Kristen Kieschnick had 11 kills, five digs and six aces and Shelby Stolte 17 assists and four aces to lead the Lady Dog attack.
The Gold finished its season with a 28-30, 25-19 and 16-14 win. The Maroon team won in two games 25-16 and 25-12.
In the first round of district play, Thorndale had no answer for Thrall as they were swept in three games. When the face off was played on the Lady Dogs' home gym, Thorndale was ready.
It took four matches, but the Lady Dogs beat the Tigerettes 25-12, 25-21, 21-25 and 25-17. Kieschnick led the way with 10 kills and two blocks.
Jordan Heine led on the service line with five aces and Margie Llana was a wall at the net with five blocks.