Lady Dogs bow out
The Lady Dogs, District 25A's third place representative fell to 14-21 on the year.
Fayetteville (14-17, 8-2) will face Utopia in the area round of the playoffs sometime this weekend.
The Lions are tri-champions in District 26A with Round Top- Carmine (a Class A powerhouse in volleyball) and Burton.
The Lady Dogs had defeated Fayetteville twice earlier in the season.
"We are very disappointed with the outcome," Lady Dogs head volleyball coach Julie Downs said. "We had hoped to continue deeper into the playoffs."
Bad passing and net violations cost Thorndale to fall way behind in the first game and not bounce back, losing 25-14.
The Lady Dogs then rallied behind aggressive net play by Kristen Kieschnick and Shelby Stolte to pull away and take game two 25-21.
Thorndale struggled with serving into the net while Fayetteville senior Jenny Novosad came alive in the middle. Novosad had several kills late in the set, pushing the Lady Lions to a 25-23 win.
Facing elimination, the Lady Dogs rallied to take a 9-2 lead early, but were then plagued with many hitting errors. A block by Novosad would end the game and Thorndale's season.
It was the last game for seniors Kieschnick, Jordan Heine, Jessica Yanez and Becky Garcia.
Kieschnick led the team with 14 kills, while Heine had six kills and two aces.
Stolte tallied six kills, one block and 17 assists, Margie Llana six kills and five blocks, Tamicka Cook five blocks, Shelbie Maupin eight assists and one ace and Marlene Hall one kill.
The Lady Dogs started two freshmen and two juniors, along with Kieschnick and Heine on this year's squad.
In other 25A volleyball action, district champion Granger has a first round bye and will play the winner of Leakey (third in 27A) and Sabinal (runner-up in 26A).
Thrall, the district's second place representative, was to play Burton in Smithville Tuesday night.
The Lady Dogs lost to Thrall in a playoff on Friday, Oct. 30 at Taylor High School to see which team would go as the District 25A second and third place teams.
Thorndale and the Tigerettes finished with identical 5-3 district records at the end of league play.
Thorndale fell in straight sets 2-25, 11-25 and 16-25. Jordan Heine led the Lady Dogs with eight kills and 11 digs, while Tamicka Cook had four kills and four blocks.
Kieschnick recorded four kills, six digs, two blocks and one ace. Llana tallied two kills, Stolte nine assists, Maupin five assists and one ace and Marlene Hall six digs.