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Lady Kat Volleyball season ends with a 5 set thriller

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As fitting a team of fighters, the Lady Kats lost in third round regional quarterfinal action against the Sanger Indians by taking it to the limit before losing 3-2. {{more: continue …}}
Kennedale ended their season with an overall record of 26-17 and a clean 10-0 district record.? They took Sanger down to the wire on Tuesday a week ago by winning the first set (25-23) and the fourth set, 25-13, before falling in the fifth, 15-9.
game story …?
It was a Kennedale rally in the first set that took the win after Sanger jumped out to an early lead. Kennedale fought back to take 14-13 lead midway but Sanger rallied to go ahead 20-19. The Lady Kats with their own rallied to win 25-13.
In the second and third sets, it was all Sanger as they won by identical scores of 25-14. With their backs to the wall, the Kats demonstrating maturity that belied their age, then put on a show.? Kennedale dominated the fourth set by capitalizing on a number of Sanger mistakes to knot the match at 2-2 by winning 25-13.
In the final set, Sanger was not to be denied and became only the second team from Sanger to advance to the regional tournament. Note: Sanger (29-18) went on to win the regional semi-final before falling to Melissa in the 4A Region II finals. Melissa made the final four and plays a state semifinal match against Decatur this Friday.
going out with style …?
Overall, it was a great year for the Kennedale team, a young team with a new coach, Kelly Carl, that ended up as an undefeated District 5-4A champions, a Region II Bi-district championship, a Region II Area Championship and just the third team from Kennedale to advance to the regional quarterfinals.
There is a very bright future for this team.?
Match stats for Kennedale (* played in all five sets of final match)

*Maddie Pyles (Fr) 10 kills, 1 ace, 2 blks, 4 digs

*Bryley Steinhilber (So) 13 kills, 1 blk, 1 dig, 1 BHA, 2 recpts

*Grace Guadagnolo (Sr) 13 kills, 18 digs, 1 assist, 3 BHA, 6 recpts

*Bridget Barton (Fr) 7 kills, 1 blk, 1 dig, 2 recpts

*Katie Spell (So) 2 kills, 2 blks, 1 dig

*Gracyn Reed (Fr) 1 ace, 6 digs, 15 assists, 34 BHA

*Lillian Rychlik (Jr) 3 digs, 26 assists, 56 BHA

*Tatum Pavey (So) 15 dig, 1 assist, 2 BHA, 12 recpts

Casey Guerry (Fr) 2 kills, 1 BHA

Angel Mahjoub (So) 4 digs, 3 reception

Micah Johnson (So) 1 recpt

Others seeing action were Kyndall Daniel (Sr) and Micah Johnson (So)

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