Lady Dogs coming off a high note after finish in Round Top
The team finished third at the tourney, facing defending Class A state champion RTC and district foe Lexington twice.
During Thursday’s pool play, the Lady Dogs lost to RTC and Lexington, but defeated Louise.
They then beat RTC’s junior varsity on Friday in straight sets to move on to the championship bracket on Saturday. Once again Thorndale faced RTC, losing 25-8, 25-23.
“Our second game we were just hitting everything,” Lisa Coehlo, Lady Dogs head coach said.
That put them in the third place game to face Lexington for the second time in three days. Thorndale fought and was able to pull it out in straight sets 25-21, 25-21.
“It was due. They beat us at the Cameron tournament (in early August) and then in pool play. Everything was grooving... our serves were hot and we were seeing the holes,” Coehlo said. “We filmed the games in pool play and watched them back.
“ The girls are visual learners and they turned the game around (against Lexington).”
Heather Butterworth led the Lady Dogs in the tourney with 22 kills, five assists, three aces a nd 33 d igs. Oliv ia At k ins added 11 kills and six blocks with Cara Goetz pounding 13 kills.
Shelbie Maupin had 52 assists and 13 aces, with Marlene Hall recording 35 digs, Kristen Butterworth 34 digs, Alex Guerra 29 digs, Jamie Brymer 22 digs and Tamicka Cook four blocks.
On Tuesday night, the Lady Dogs (17-7) won their last tune up game with a road win in Bremond. Thorndale rolled 25-12, 25-21, 25-10.
Maupin had 17 assists, two kills and eight aces on the night to lead the Lady Dogs. Heather But ter wor th recorded seven kills, one ace and 15 digs.
The week’s play was also a good boost for the Lady Dogs as they begin District 27- 2A play on Fr iday as t hey host Florence.
It will be a tough race for the post-season with teams like No. 14 Cameron and No. 17 Lago Vista in the mix, but Coehlo is taking things slow.
“We are taking one game at a time. But we have improved tremendously from last year,” she said. The Lady Dogs were 1-13 in district play in 2010.
The girls will host Jarrell on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the annual “Pink Out”.
Coach Coehlo said the teams will wear pink and other items will be sold in honor of “Breast Cancer Awareness”. Games against Jarrell will start at 5 p.m.