Johnson County volleyball results from Tuesday, Sept. 20:
Cleburne’s struggles continue
The Cleburne Lady Jackets lost their fifth consecutive match in District 8-5A play in a 3-0 defeat vs. Midlothian Heritage at Jeff D. Cody Arena.
Cleburne fell to 1-6 in league play with a 25-14, 25-15 and 25-16 loss to the Lady Jaguars, who moved to 4-3 in district action.
As has been the case for the Lady Jackets during district play and most of the season, they battle and keep things close before one or two lapses that results in lengthy scoring runs for their opponent. And that was the case again Tuesday night.
In the first set, things were tied up at 7-7 when Midlothian Heritage went on a 5-0 run for a 12-7 lead and extended it out to a 8-1 run that made it 15-8. But Cleburne battled back to get within reach at 20-14 before the Lady Jaguars closed the opening set on a 5-0 run for the 25-14 win. Cleburne had four straight hitting errors to end the game.
In the second set, Midlothian Heritage went on an early 7-1 run to grab an early 9-3 lead. Cleburne only scored consecutive points in the second set two times: a 2-0 run to make it a 9-5 deficit and a 3-0 run late that brought it to 22-14 before the Lady Jaguars finished it out with three straight points for a 25-15 win.
With Midlothian Heritage holding a 6-4 lead in the third set, the Lady Jaguars scored six straight points to take control at 12-4. Cleburne scratched and clawed its way back to within striking distance at 21-16 thanks to a 4-0 run of its own. But Midlothian Heritage responded with its own 4-0 run to end it.
Cleburne finished with 17 hitting errors (hits into the net or out of bounds) and only 14 kills. The Lady Jackets were without their leading setter Tuesday night, which was one issue for Cleburne offensively. Tru Collup led Cleburne with eight kills.
The Lady Jackets (6-21) will visit Mansfield Summit at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Lady Owls beat Centennial
The Joshua Lady Owls kept pace with Burleson and Midlothian thanks to a 3-1 win over Burleson Centennial.
Joshua grabbed a 2-0 lead over the Lady Spartans with wins of 25-21 and 25-15 before Centennial recorded a 25-20 win in the third set. But Joshua closed out the contest with a 25-21 win in the fourth.
Joshua improved to 5-2 in district play, a half game behind Burleson for second place, and only one game behind Midlothian for first place.
Gabbie Maldonado (nine kills), Karson Hutchinson (eight kills) and Morgan Collier (eight kills) led a balanced attack for the Lady Owls while Peyton Cole continued her defensive dominance with 26 digs while Evi Waker added 16 digs. Cloey Dress registered 29 assists for Joshua.
Joshua will visit Midlothian Heritage at 5:30 p.m. Friday while Burleson Centennial hosts Midlothian.
Midlothian sweeps Burleson
In a showdown between District 8-5A championship contenders, the No. 14-ranked Midlothian Lady Panthers took down the Burleson Lady Elks, 3-0, Tuesday night.
Burleson’s showdown with state-ranked Midlothian came at an unfortunate time for the Lady Elks as they were facing an upset Lady Panthers’ squad that was coming off a 3-2 loss to Joshua in their last outing. And Midlothian took out any frustrations on Burleson with a 25-17, 25-11 and 25-10 win.
Midlothian went back in first place in the standings with the win at 6-1 while Burleson fell to 6-2.
The Lady Elks will host Red Oak at 5:30 p.m. Friday in a non-district contest.
Alvarado falls to Kennedale
The Alvarado Lady Indians dropped a five-set battle vs. Kennedale.
After Kennedale took the opening game, 25-21, the Lady Indians grabbed a 2-1 lead with wins of 25-14 and 26-24. But Kennedale tied it with a 25-20 win in the fourth before taking the match with a 15-7 victory in the fifth.
Alvarado fell to 2-2 in District 10-4A play.
Jaiden Wright led the Alvarado offense with 15 kills while Kate Walraven and Lily Rayburne had 10 digs and three aces each with Rayburne adding 16 assists.
After a bye Friday, the Lady Indians will travel to Hillsboro for a 6 p.m. first serve Tuesday.
Rio Vista beats Hico in 4
The Rio Vista Lady Eagles evened their season record at .500 with a 3-1 win over Hico.
After dropping the opening set, 25-20, the Lady Eagles won three straight in dominant fashion — 25-15, 25-15 and 25-12 — to improve to 14-14 on the season.
Randi Wilson had 12 kills, 14 digs and 17 assists, Carleigh Hiett had 11 kills and 14 digs, and Ava West added 24 digs to lead the Lady Eagles.
Rio Vista will visit Alvord for a 4:30 p.m. first serve Friday. The Lady Eagles open District 13-2A play on Oct. 8 at Frost.