#9 Kennedale Kats earn spot in “Sweet Sixteen” in UIL state volleyball championships vs #5 Farmersville

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(Update – corrected individual stats for Celina game 11-9-20 3:22pm)

Region II Semi-Final Kennedale vs Farmersville @ Callisburg High School, Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 7 pm – Tickets at the door (Directions)

The #9 ranked Kennedale Lady Kats (22-3, 4-0) have lost only a single set in the three matches played thus far in the 2020 UIL State Volleyball 4/A Championships.

In bi-district play, the Kats defeated Van Alystine 3-1 followed by a 3-0 conquest of Godley in the area round and last Thursday swept Celina in Region 2 quarterfinals. Four rounds into the state tournament, Kennedale now joins 16 other 4A high school volleyball teams as regional semifinalists.

Reputations as young, smart and aggressive

Last year, two teams in the playoffs were considered young, smart, and aggressive. Both met up in the regional round, and yes, those two teams were Farmersville and Kennedale – the same two will play each other this year.

Going into the game in 2019 last year, Farmersville (42-1) was ranked #1 in Class 4A and had been all season. The Kennedale Lady Kats (36-7) unranked, were upstarts, yet they came away with a 3-0 sweep, leaving Farmersville plenty of motivation for this season. Kennedale went on to the final four.

Game tickets can be purchased at the door – $4 student and $6 adults. Callisburg High School will host the playoff game. It is north of the metroplex and approximately an hour and a half from Kennedale, not counting rush hour traffic delays – depending on when you leave. Directions 

Celina vs Kennedale Game Stats …

11/5 @ 7pS1S2S3Wins

Individual stats …

  • Bryley Steinhilber (SR) 10 kills, 1 ace, 12 digs, 1 asst, 10 receptions
  • Maddie Pyles (JR) 16 kills, 2 aces, 6 digs, 1 reception
  • Bridget Barton (JR) 7 kills, 1 block, 6 digs
  • Katherine Spell (SR) 9 kills, 1 block, 5 digs, 9 receptions
  • Casey Guerry (JR) 2 kills, 1 block, 1 dig, 1 reception
  • Alexandria Youngblood (SO) 5 kills, 1 ace, 4 blocks, 5 digs, 1 reception
  • Gracyn Reed (JR) 1 kill, 7 digs, 26 asst
  • Tatum Pavey (SR) 20 digs, 3 asst, 16 receptions
  • True Johnson (SO) 7 digs, 17 asst
  • Amaya Constantino (JR) 4 digs, 14 receptions
  • Taylor Poore (SO) 5 digs, 3 receptions

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