It was a fitting evening for third-year Aledo Ladycats head coach Claire Gay.
On a night she was to be inducted into the Arlington High School Hall of Fame, Gay, a 1999 graduate, saw her Ladycats win on her old home court as Aledo defeated the Colts, 25-16, 27-29, 25-12, 25-22 Monday night at the Arlington High School gym.
The win evens the Ladycats record at 7-7. Aledo will continue non-district play Thursday at the Leander ISD Volleypalooza tournament, which runs through Saturday.
Aledo never trailed in the opening set, going on a 7-0 run to take a 16-9 lead before winning by nine points. Scrappy Arlington came back with an extra-rallies win in game two to knot the best-of-five match at a game each.
In game three, Aledo raced out to a 14-6 lead – courtesy of an earlier 9-1 run – and sealed the set with a 7-1 run to take a 2-1 lead in games.
The fourth game was tied 11 times as the back-and-forth set settled at 11-11 after 22 rallies. But the Ladycats put together runs of 6-0 and 4-1 to stretch their lead to 21-18.
Aledo got to match point when setter Mattie Gantt sent a short set in the middle to Daleigh Ellison, who swatted a kill for a 24-21 lead. Two rallies later, Gantt set up Alex Grooms for the match-winning kill.
Grooms led the Ladycats with a match-high 14 kills, while Ellison added 13 kills and a match-high eight blocks. Lilly Taylor added eight kills, and Audrey Pearce finished with six.
The sub-varsity teams swept Arlington with the JV winning 25-10, 25-14, and the freshman team cruised to a 25-14, 25-9 victory.
Following the match Gay was honored by Arlington High School as she was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
For the complete story on the match and Coach Gay’s induction, see the Aug. 23 issue of The Community News.