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Story and Video By Dominic Genetti
Nerves for the first round of the playoffs were eased for the Aledo Ladycats Tuesday night as they ran away with a bi-district victory over the Fort Worth-Eastern Hills Lady Plaids at Fort Worth ISD’s Wilkerson Greines Activity Center.
All it took was three games and a bolstered defense mixed with a fast-paced offense that sealed the deal for the black and orange advancing them to the Area game against Stephenville. The Ladycats will face the Honeybees Thursday.
“We weren’t sure what all to expect,” Aledo Head Coach Kathy Goings said. “The first playoff game they’re always going to come out with jitters. Once they calmed down, they started playing better.”
Eastern Hills did not have a lead the entire game until the third match when they scored the first point on a 7.6 volley. With an improved defense led by senior Taylor Brown and front row advantages taken by senior Jordan Jacobs and Brianna Sharatt the Ladycats were able to seal the victory over the Lady Plaids in match three 25-11.
Aledo won match one 25-14 and match two 25-10.
“I think that they did plays that we weren’t ready for, but we came back and won,” sophomore Mallory Powell said. “We just came back and focused and hit the ball.”
Large leads throughout the matches allowed Goings to give additional varsity squad members time on the court. Juniors Kelcie Childs and Rachel Lincoln were able to get into the victorious mix during Aledo’s match two blowout.
And now with the first round out of the way, the bitter rivalry between Aledo and Stephenville will once again be fueled by a chance to advance in the postseason.
“I have played against those girls since 6th-grade,” Jacbos said. “It is the biggest rivalry for me at least.
“This game against Stephenville will be the most intense. They play us the hardest, we play them the hardest, it’s just the history behind it.”
Match 3: Aledo wins 25-11.
Match 2: Aledo wins 25-10.
Match 1: Aledo wins 25-14.