LANCASTER — With one more win the Red Oak Lady Hawk volleyball team will match its win total from a season ago after two road wins against Mansfield Legacy and Lancaster.
Of course, the Lady Hawks did accomplish something else in the process — they clinched a second-consecutive berth into the UIL 5A volleyball playoffs.
The wins, which came after the Lady Hawks suffered their first District 10-5A loss of the season in five-set fashion to Midlothian, moved Red Oak to 31-4 on the season and 9-1 in district play. Red Oak also remains tied with (30-8, 9-1) Mansfield Lake Ridge atop the district standings. Midlothian sits one-game back and with an outside shot at the crown.
The Lady Hawks and Lady Eagles play Friday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 pm. and the winner will hold the fate to their district championship dreams.
If either wins out, they are champs for a year. There are, of course, other scenarios that could muddy the waters but we'll tackle those when they fester.
Nevertheless, you can bet your bottom dollar that Red Oak head volleyball coach Hope Porter has her Lady Hawks focusing on the next match, set and serve — not what could be with wins over Lake Ridge, Mansfield Timberview, Mansfield Summit and Waxahachie to end the district season.
In the most recent win Tuesday against Lancaster, sophomore Hailey Hunt led the team with 11 kills on 20 swings (.450 hitting percentage), while seniors Katie Hess and Emily North added 10 and eight, respectively. Hunt also recorded a team-high seven blocks and Keyeria Tyeskie accounted for four.
Four Lady Hawks recorded aces, led by Kylie Bryan with two. Lilli Ratliff led the way with 13 digs and just one error. Bryan added 10 and North notched nine digs and completed her stat line with 12 assists. Emily Smith recorded a team-high 19 assists.
BY THE NUMBERS
As the regular season winds down, several Lady Hawks still find themselves near or at the top of various District 10-5A leaderboards.
Serena Patterson, who remains out with an injury, is second in the district with a .324 hitting percentage and Wiley is fifth at .300 and also checks in at No. 5 in kills with 242. Hess ranks third in the district with 350 kills.
The Emilys — North and Smith — sit in fourth and fifth with 695 and 443 assists, respectively.
Hunt has a 55 block lead on Waxahachie's Essence Clerkley for the No. 1 spot in total blocks, while Bryan trails the Lady Indians' Allison Wells by 22 (539-517) in total digs.