The Rockdale Lady Tigers had already joined the playoff party and were ready to get on with it.
Rockdale captured two straight District 18-3A matches to earn their first post-season trip since 2006 and only the second in the past 20 years.
The Lady Tigers will take on District 17-3A champion an No. 8 ranked Lorena (34-8) in the first round, Monday at 6 p.m. at Belton High School.
Rockdale—who grabbed the fourth and final post season spot —enters the playoffs with a 19-17 record, which means win-or-lose, the Lady Tigers will end the season with a winning record, their first since an 18-15 mark in 1999.
“ It‘s great,” said fifth-year Rockdale coach Jason Williams. “ The girls pulled through in a marathon match against Navasota. All the blood sweat and tears involved in getting here was well worth it. We are all excited to finish out our last district match and head into the post season.”
Rockdale was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by Gatesville in 2006.
Rockdale will take part in a warmup game Friday at 4 p.m. against Snook in Rockdale.
In the season closer Tuesday night against winless Taylor (7-26, 0-10), the Lady Tigers prevailed 18-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21 on the road.
Middle blocker Shelby Evans stood guard at the net for 15 kills, 14 digs, nine blocks and three service aces.
Sophomore Dae Dae Robertson collected 12 kills and two blocks, while Amanda Boyd had 15 assists and seven kills, Jolie Carpenter 19 assists, Morgan Laughlin 18 digs and Samantha Muston 12 digs, two kills and two aces.
In the 25-15, 25-19, 21- 25, 22- 25, 15-13 clincher against Navasota Friday, the 6-foot senior Evans turned in a incredible performance with 26 kills, 20 digs and 14 blocks.
“In the fifth game we came out with an early lead,” Williams said. “ That set us up to maintain the lead throughout the set. When Navasota started a comeback run, Shelby Evans stepped up and was our go-to-girl.”
Rober tson complemented Evans with 10 kills and seven blocks, while Laughlin scrambled for 31 digs and Amanda Boyd dished off 24 assists.
Keeli McKeehan logged 16 digs, Muston 14 digs, Emily McCoy 12 digs and Carpenter 19 assists.
College Station (25-16, 10-0) clinched their second consecutive league title after sharing the title with Caldwell last season.
The two met in the season finale Tuesday with College Station claiming a four-set victory over Caldwell (22-14, 7-3)
The loss dropped Caldwell into a tie with Madisonville for second place, and those teams split their district matches. There will be a playoff to determine seeds.
College Station will open the playoffs with a bi-district match against China Spring, the No. 4 seed from 17-3A.