GCM loss sets up playoff with Crosby for bi-district spot
The Goose Creek Memorial volleyball team just needed a big upset win over Friendswood or a Crosby loss at Robert E. Lee Tuesday night to earn a bi-district playoff spot next week.
They got neither.
Friendswood used a vast array of hitting options from both pins, the middle and back row attacks and it was too much for GCM (33-14, 7-7) to overcome as the Mustangs rolled to an impressive 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-18 win over the Lady Patriots.
Combine the loss with Crosby’s 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-22) win at REL, GCM and the Lady Cougars finished tied for fourth place in District 22-5A and will face off for a bi-district No. 4 seed in a 6 p.m. Friday tiebreaker.
The match will take place at Robert E. Lee with the winner advancing to play Barbers Hill, the District 21-5A champions next week.
GCM was led by Taylor Kotlarz (eight kills) and Zoe Martinez (11 assists, 13 digs).
“I feel like it’s the end of the season and we are at the point where we are ready for playoffs,” GCM head coach Casey Veen said. “We knew if we would have won, it would have been great and if we lost, we knew we were still in. We had some good, competitive rallies and Friendswood is a good team that are going to go far in the playoffs.
“Their hitters took control especially in the middle.”
Veen said her girls started the first set slow and had to play catchup where the final set was more of a back-and-forth affair.
“It is a good base for the rest of the week,” Veen said. “We are ready for Friday. It’s going to be a really good matchup - both went four, close sets. It’s going to be neck and neck because we are equally matched.”
Crosby (26-12, 7-7) sent REL to the offseason with a 12-25 overall record and 2-12 in district play.
Celeste Shaw (eight kills and three blocks), Naomi Hockless nine kills, nine blocks, and Nicole Price 14 digs, 16 assists), led REL.
Sterling 3, West Brook 0
Sterling (22-13, 10-4) clinched third place in District 21-6A with the easy 25-13, 25-21, 25-16 win.
RSS was led by Alex Lee (19 assists, 10 digs, Jasmine Moore (10 kills, six digs), Bailee St. Romain (10 kills), Kayla Jones (16 digs) and Kaitlyn Stork (nine kills) and will advance to play Summer Creek next week in the bi-district playoff round.
Barbers Hill 3, Cleveland 0
The Lady Eagles (23-20, 12-0) wrapped an unbeaten district run with an emphatic sweep (25-12, 25-14, 25-6)
Anahuac 3, Buna 1
The Lady Panthers finished its turnaround season with a 3-1 (29-27, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19) win over Buna.
Anahuac finished the season at 17-23 overall and 6-8 in District 21-3A play. They won four total matches in 2018.