Lady Tigers third at own tourney, Thrall champs
For the first time in a long time this late in the season, the Lady Tigers are above .500 with a 12- 9, record, which is three more wins than last season.
“We had a really good week last week,” said Rockdale Coach Jason Williams. “ The girls are understanding our weakness- es and working to eliminate them. We are playing together much better than we were at the beginning of the season.”
Six-foot senior middle blocker Shelby Evans turned in the match of her career with 24 kills, 18 digs and seven blocks.
Leaper Dae Dae Robertson followed with 11 kills and two blocks.
The ubiquitous Joli Carpenter put together 11 assists, seven digs and two service aces.
The Lady Tigers exited pool play unbeaten and dropped just one match as the hosts of their own 5th annual tournament.
Rockdale fought back to rout Rogers 25-16, 16-25, 25-15 for the third place trophy. Rogers is ranked No. 14 in Class 2A.
In that third place contest, the ever-present middle blocker Evans pounded out nine kills, 15 digs, 13 blocks and served up a pair of aces.
Joli Carpenter added seven assists and seven digs and Morgan Laughlin 16 digs.
Amanda Boyd had nine assists, Robertson eight kills, Emily McCoy eight digs and McKeehan eight digs.
On their way to the third place match in bracket play, Rockdale breezed past Lampasas 25-13, 25-19 before falling to Cameron in a marathon match 25-19, 31-29.
Against Cameron, Evans notched 11 kills, seven digs and four blocks.
McKeehan added 10 digs, Boyd eight assists and Laughlin seven digs
Versus Lampasas, Robertson fired off seven kills and four blocks, while Boyd chipped in 10 digs and two service aces.
Evans had seven digs and Carpenter six assists.
The Lady Tigers opened pool play with a commanding victory over Georgetown Gateway 25-6, 25-12, followed by wins over Thorndale, 12-25, 25-15, 25-17 and Rogers, 24-26, 25-19, 25-17.
Against Gateway, Evans and Robertson recorded seven kills apiece, while Boyd dished off 10 assists and Laughlin eight digs.
Versus Thorndale, Evans launched 14 kills, seven digs, three blocks and an ace from the line.
Robertson lashed out 10 kills and posted two blocks, while Boyd and Carpenter had seven assists each.
Against Rogers in pool play, Evans blasted 10 kills, Robertson seven, as McKeehan logged 10 digs and McCoy nine with Boyd gobbling up eight assists.
Thrall, ranked No. 14 in Class A, swept Cameron 26-24, 25-17 to win the championship. While Rockdale had captured Pool A, Cameron, ranked No. 18 in Class 2A, took Pool B.
The Lady Yoemen handed the Lady Tigers their lone loss in the tournament in the second round of bracket competition.