Emma Burke

Emma Burke (12) and the Godley Lady Cats took down defending undefeated district champion Midlothian Heritage in a 3-0 sweep Tuesday night to open District 11-4A play with a statement win.

GODLEY — The Godley Lady Cats opened District 11-4A play Tuesday night with a statement win by sweeping Midlothian Heritage, last year’s undefeated district champion.

A year ago, the Lady Cats finished second in district play behind Midlothian Heritage. Godley’s only two losses in district last year came against Midlothian Heritage, which swept the league with a 12-0 record. Godley was the only team to even win a set against the Lady Jaguars, who swept their other 10 district matches but were pushed to four and five sets against the Lady Cats.

But on Tuesday night, it was Godley taking down the reigning district champs with a 25-22, 26-24, 25-16 victory for a 1-0 start in league play.

“Tonight was one of the most rewarding wins of our season,” Godley Coach Courtney Hammett said. “With them being last year’s district champs, this win was a huge confidence boost for our girls and it proved to them how good they can be.

“We knew Heritage would once again be a very tough opponent and they were. However, we knew that as long as we stayed disciplined and executed the small things, we would have a very good chance to defeat them. We accepted in advance the fact that they would get big swings and big plays but we couldn’t let it shut us down mentally.”

Just one win by Godley over Midlothian Heritage last year would’ve resulted in a co-district championship but the Lady Jaguars edged the Lady Cats in the two teams’ second meeting last year, 15-12 in the fifth game of a five-set thriller.

This time, Godley made the plays down the stretch for a 3-0 win. And what impressed Hammett the most in Tuesday’s win was the Lady Cats’ resiliency and composure.

“There were several times throughout the match where we were down 4 or 5 points,” she said. “In the past, we would have struggled to battle back but tonight we never stopped fighting. We took each play point by point and stayed composed and calm, which led to smart plays and execution during long rallies.”

Tuesday’s victory was a true team effort: Emma Burke had six kills and seven blocks, Taylor McFarland had four kills and four blocks, Brooke Hickey had six blocks and two kills, Baylee Mobley added five kills, 12 digs and two aces, Logan Reed pitched in four kills and four blocks, Brynn Staton had eight assists, six digs and two aces, and Landry Karnes had nine assists.

The Lady Cats improved to a solid 21-7 overall with Tuesday’s win, getting district play off on the right foot.

“I am confident we are right where we need to be at this point in the season,” Hammett said. “We still have things to improve on and areas where growth is needed but my girls have consistently improved week after week. Our mental growth has made huge strides this season which is the main contributor to our success.”

The Lady Cats are next scheduled to visit Alvarado (20-6, 1-1) at 4:30 p.m. Friday in another key district clash between playoff contenders.

The Lady Indians bounced back from a district-opening loss to Midlothian Heritage with a four-set win Tuesday night over Waxahachie Life. Alvarado won the first set, 25-18, before the Lady Mustangs even things up with a 25-14 win in the second. But the Lady Indians closed it out from there with wins of 25-18 and 25-22. 

Lady Jackets sweep Corsicana

Coming off a disappointing 3-0 loss to Red Oak in their district opener Friday, the Cleburne Lady Jackets bounced back strong with a 3-0 road win Tuesday night at Corsicana.

Cleburne grinded to a hard-fought 26-24 win in the opening set vs. Corsicana then the Lady Jackets rolled to wins of 25-17 and 25-15 to finish off the sweep and even their record in District 14-5A play to 1-1 (13-18 overall).

Addison Moore led the way with nine kills and seven assists, Andi Whitefield had seven kills and four aces, Alacia Ledoux had nine kills, and Ella Felkins had 12 assists.

Cleburne is scheduled to host Waco University at 5 p.m. Friday. 

Joshua sweeps Ennis in district opener

After having a bye Friday, the Joshua Lady Owls swept Ennis in convincing fashion Tuesday for a 1-0 start in District 14-5A play.

Joshua started strong with a 25-11 win in the opening game to set the tone for wins of 25-17 and 25-12 for the 3-0 victory.

Rylie Rumfield led the way for Joshua with 18 kills and 14 digs, Brooke Mason had 18 assists and Peyton Cole had 13 digs.

Joshua is set to host Red Oak at 5 p.m. Friday.

Grandview continues district dominance

The Grandview Lady Zebras had little trouble improving to 3-0 in District 9-3A with a 3-0 win over Hampton Prep on Tuesday.

Grandview rolled to wins of 25-7, 25-2 and 25-10 for the straight-set sweep.

Ashleigh Goodgion had seven kills and six aces, Shelby Martin had five kills and six aces, and Kenzi Williamson (12 assists) and Lilah Eakes (11 assists) directed the offense.

Grandview (19-8) is scheduled to visit Dallas A-Plus Academy at 5 p.m. Friday.

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