By Tony Eierdam
Paced by aggressive serving and quick blocking, the Aledo Ladycats swept Canyon Randall, 25-15, 25-23, 25-21 Friday in a Class 5A regional semifinal at Kimbrell Arena in Abilene.
Thr Ladycats will play in the regional final for the right to advance to the state tournament at noon Saturday against the winner of the Granbury/Dumas regional semifinal.
"We served aggressively and kept their setter in the backcourt which was to our advantage," Ladycats head coach Kathy Goings said.
"Our blocking was important in this match. Early on we wete getting touches and then we started to finish blocks, and we shut down their big hitter (Trysten Massey).
Aledo libero Tyler Lucas passes the ball as Madison Lopez (15) and Erin Weiss (17) get into position during the Ladycats regional quarterfinal win over Lake Dallas. The state-ranked No. 3 Ladycats will face No. 5 Canyon Randall in the regional semifinals at 5 p.m. today (Friday, Nov. 14) at Kimbrell Arena at McMurry University in Abilene.
The state-ranked No. 3 Aledo Ladycats will square off against No. 5 Canyon Randall at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at Kimbrell Arena on the campus of McMurry University in Abilene in a Region I volleyball semifinal in a regional tournament that features three of the state’s top-five ranked teams.
Aledo defensive back Patrick Peek (6) returns an interception for a touchdown Thursday night (Nov. 13) with Garrett Uhl (45) looking for someone to block during the Bearcats 69-0 win over Fort Worth Trimble Tech in the bi-district playoffs at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School. The pick 6 was one of three on the evening for Aledo.
Aledo scored three times on defense and once on special teams as the defending state champions and No. 1 Bearcats handled the Fort Worth Trimble Tech Bulldogs, 69-0, Thursday night in a Class 5A, Region I, Division I bi-district game at Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School.
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Just moments after the Aledo Bearcats defeated Cleburne last Friday in the District 8-5A finale, head coach Steve Wood issued a message to his troops as they gathered on the grass field for a post-game pow wow.
“Burleson just defeated Everman,” he told his team, “which means we are going Division I in the playoffs. That means you can be the first Aledo football team to win a Division I state championship.”
The positive message was well received by the Bearcats, who hooted and hollered after learning the direction they would be headed in Class 5A postseason play.
Showing power at the net and accuracy on the service line, the state-ranked No. 5 Aledo Ladycats swept Lake Dallas, 25-17, 25-17, 25-11 Tuesday night in a Class 5A, Region I quarterfinal volleyball match at Northwest High School.
The Ladycats (39-8) will advance to the regional tournament in Abilene and will face No. 7 Canyon Randall at 5 p.m. on Friday at McMurry University in the regional semifinals.
The regional final will be Saturday at McMurry.
Aledo sophomore middle Maddie Goings led all hitters with 20 kills, with sophomore setter Erin Weiss dishing out a match-high 41 assists.
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Aledo hitters Emily Clayton (18) and Emily Smith (12) put up the block during the Ladycats win over Wichita Falls Rider in the area playoffs. The Ladycats will face Lake Dallas at 7:30 p.m. today at Northwest High School in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal match.
Seeking a return trip the the regional tournament, the state-ranked No. 5 Aledo Ladycats will face Lake Dallas today in a Class 5A, Region I quarterfinal match.
The first serve will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Northwest High School.
The winner of the match will advance to the regional tournament in Abilene and will go up against the winner of the Canyon Randall/Canyon regional quarterfinal match on Friday in the regional semifinals.
The Aledo Ladycats volleyball team and Bearcats football team are in playoff action this week.
The Ladycats will face Lake Dallas in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal match at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 11) at Northwest High School.
Tickets at the gate will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The Bearcats will open the Class 5A, Division I playoffs against Fort Worth Trimble Tech.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Saginaw Chisholm Trail High School stadium.
Pre-sell tickets will be available at the Aledo ISD administration building from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11-12, and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.
Scoring on the opening kickoff and on their following six first-half possessions, the Class 5A state-ranked No. 1 Aledo Bearcats ran past the Cleburne Yellowjackets, 63-28, in a District 8-5A contest at Cleburne.
With the win, the Bearcats (9-1) finish the 8-5A slate at 7-0 for their seventh consecutive undefeated district championship.
"I am not going to lie to you, it feels good," first-year Bearcats head coach Steve Wood said. "I am proud of these kids. They have come a long way.
"We got off to a hot start, and that was critical."
The Bearcats will advance to the Division I (big school) bracket and will face Fort Worth Trimble Tech in the bi-district round on Thursday, Nov. 13 at Chisholm Trail High School. Kickoff time has yet to be determined.