MINEOLA — After winning their first district championship since 2005, the Greenville Lady Lions continued their memorable volleyball season with a straight-set bi-district victory over Longview Pine Tree on Monday night.
The Lady Lions won 25-15, 25-14, 25-14, cheered on by a big and loud Greenville crowd, to advance to the area round of the playoffs against Midlothian. Midlothian won its bi-district match 25-22, 25-14, 25-18 over Mesquite Poteet.
“We played well tonight,” said Greenville coach Jenna Sickels. “We knew we had to come in here and play hard. We now have to prepare for the next one.”
The Lady Lions, now 28-14 for the season, controlled the tempo against a Pine Tree program that had beaten them seven straight times from 2014 to 2017.
“We had the most energy we’ve ever had,” said Greenville senior Emily Saenz. “And that helped us a lot.”
Saenz made some big plays at the net, as did Kelsi McNair, Brooke Hutchings, Jenna Wade and Jayde Sickels after receiving sets from Sydney Walker and Carley Cathey.
“Our excitement led to our success in this game,” said Sickels.
“It feels great to be honest and proud more than anything to win a playoff game,” said libero MaCayla Bush, who made some key digs.
“We put our all into the game,” said Alyssa Mitchell, another front-row leader for the Lady Lions.
“It felt amazing to know we are finally going to round two in the playoffs,” said McNair. “We look forward to area.”
“Everyone played hard and we had a lot of fun,” said Maci Williams.
Pine Tree, which placed fourth in District 16-5A, finishes at 15-25.
Sam Sommerfield led the Lady Pirates with five kills.
Tatum Cates led the Lady Pirates’ defense with 12 digs, followed by Jamaya Davis with 11.
Ryauan Garrett set for a team-high nine assists for Pine Tree.