As the District 24-3A season winds down, the East Bernard Brahmarettes and the Boling Lady Bulldogs are once again the top two teams going into the postseason.
Each program started looking at playoff T-shirt designs days ago so they could sell them to their fans.
The last games of district play are scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Going into the final schedule of games, EBHS had an 11-0 record, and Boling a 10-2 record. BHS’s two losses came against East Bernard, the second loss a few weeks ago on Oct. 11.
Since then, Coach Ashleigh Burnside’s Boling girls have reeled off four consecutive victories.
Wins came against Hitchcock (25-12, 25-21, 25-9), Danbury (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-13), Van Vleck (25-13, 25-10, 25-7), and Palacios (25-17, 25-15, 25-17).
Burnside reported individual stats for her team. After the Hitchcock game, Tori Arrington had 32 kills, Kim Castillo 21 digs, Emily Gmitter 38 assists. Following the win over Danbury, Arrington led with 25 kills and 12 digs, Gmitter 30 assists, 4 aces by Gmitter, Logan Simpson and Castillo. Against Van Vleck, Arrington led in kills with 18 and digs 12. Assists leader was Gmitter. Peyton Wostarek had 7 aces. Arrington (27 kills) and Gmitter (31 assists) led their team statistically against Palacios.
No matter what happens in the final game, the Palacios Lady Sharks clinched third place. They had a 7-4 record going into their game against Van Vleck. There was a fourth-place tie between Danbury and Tidehaven as each owned a 4-7 record.
East Bernard sweeps opponents
BHS was the only team to earn a set victory against the Brahmarettes during district play.
Since then, EBHS has dominated all of its opponents by sweeping them.
The Brahmarettes beat Palacios (25-13, 25-18, 25-14), Tidehaven (25-12, 25-12, 25-19) and Danbury 25-4, 25-0, 25-11).
Coach Breanna Lolley was asked to comment on the rare 25-0 score against Danbury.
It was the Brahmarettes’ Madison Crist who began serve in the second set and continued to earn point all the way to the end.
Lolley said it was a team effort.
“She did an amazing job serving and put it in a great position to get free balls/balls that were out of system. I think it's a true testament to ‘team’ because her teammates had to make plays, keep the ball in play, find kills, etc.,” Lolley said. “We started with serve in the second set so Madison successfully served 25 ’n play’ balls.”
Lolley’s coaching staff, who keep scores showed that Crist had 6 aces.
At press time, Lolley and the coaching staff had not looked at game film, so it’s possible she could have earned more.
“A 25-0 win is amazing and shows … A. The importance of keeping your teammate at the service line, B. Not missing serves; but being extremely aggressive on ball placement and strategy, and C. How much of a ‘team sport’ volleyball truly is because it took every single girl on the court doing her job to keep Madison on the service line.”
Lolley said she was glad to have been a part of this rare feat and that it was in favor of East Bernard.