By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Rains of Emory and Caddo Mills will continue their climbs up the state volleyball playoff ladders tonight.
The 30-9 Rains Ladycats will take on North Lamar in a Class 3A regional quarterfinal match at Mount Pleasant, starting at 7.
Rains, the District 14-3A champion, opened the playoffs with a 25-11, 25-20, 25-14 bi-district win over Atlanta and then outlasted Henderson, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-9, in the area round.
Shye Meador-McCray led Rains against Henderson with 24 kills, while Briley Coley put down 15 kills, including the match-winning point. Cole also had four blocks.
North Lamar, the 13-3A champion, opened with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-16 victory over Kaufman and then outlasted Gilmer, 26-28, 25-18, 14-25, 27-25, 15-12.
The Rains-North Lamar winner takes on the winner between Argyle and Decatur in the regional semifinals.
Caddo Mills, 33-5, takes on Callisburg in a 2A regional quarterfinal at 7 at Denton High School.
Caddo Mills, the 12-2A champion, won its bi-district match over Whitewright, 25-11, 25-19, 25-14, and then defeated Maypearl, 17-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23, in the area round.
Hallie Smith led Caddo Mills against Maypearl with 14 kills and three blocks. Kristin Newell had 12 kills and three blocks. Jaylynn Gracy finished with 10 kills and a team-high 27 digs. Natalee Wright set for 38 assists.
Callisburg, the 11-2A champion, opened the playoffs with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-7 win over Farmersville and then dispatched Boyd, 25-19, 25-11, 25-18.
The Caddo Mills-Callisburg winner advances to the regional semifinals against either Queen City or Alba-Golden.