Lady Dogs’ season ends in area
Thorndale ends its season with a 15-17 overall record and were third in District 16A behind Thrall and Milano.
Head coach Lisa Coelho said her Thorndale team has grown a lot this season and that each player found their specific duty on the team.
“All girls improved tremendously f rom t he fi rst d ay. E ach girl had her own special talent and we elaborated on that special gift and then also created an array of other choices for them to use throughout the season,” Coelho said.
The Lady Dogs started the season at 4-4, but were on a six game winning streak before Saturday’s loss.
The Lady Dogs lost the first set 10-25, but bounced back to take the second set 25-23.
Cayuga found its rhythm and used Thorndale’s mistakes to their advantage, taking the final two games 25-12, 25-17.
Cayuga fell to Thrall in the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday night in Leon, with the winner advancing to this weekend’s Class A Region II tournament in Weatherford.
Emily Churchman, the only returning player off last year’s varsity team, led the Lady Dogs with 14 kills, 23 digs, two assists and one ace against Cayuga. She was complimented by Kamryn Holder’s 21 assists, four kills and nine digs.
Kailey Cargill recorded six kills, three digs and one assists, while Peytyn O’Campo added 13 d igs a nd o ne a ssist. S helbi Schneider had nine digs, one assists and one ace, with Shelby Anders pulling up eight digs.
Meagan Cuba added four digs and two kills, with Madison Kropp recording three digs, one kill and one assists. Savannah Driver had two kills, two aces and one assist, while Emily Garza had two digs and one kill.
Lost in graduation
Coelho will lose four seniors off this year’s team in Holder, Anders, Cuba and Kropp.
“The seniors this year were a great bunch of young ladies. They contributed so much and were willing to do whatever it took to make the team and themselves successful,” Coelho said.
She will return six off her roster next season, much more than the one she returned this year.
“The girls that will be coming back are ready to pick up where they left off and push twice as hard to make the playoffs again.”