Who’s In, Who’s Out

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

EAST TEXAS – All the hard work, travel and long nights have led up to this. The 2018 UIL Volleyball Playoffs began this week and several area teams have high hopes of making it to Curtis Culwell Center in mid-November for a shot at hoisting a state championship trophy.

Starting in District 23-AA, the Kennard Lady Tigers began their quest for glory on Tuesday, Oct. 30 against the Burkeville Lady Mustangs. Once the playoffs began, the Lady Tigers dropped down to Class A and the UIL declared Kennard was the runner-up in District 23-A. As of press time, the results of the Kennard/Burkeville match were unavailable.

The Groveton Lady Indians stayed at the AA level and finished as the runners-up in District 23-AA. Unfortunately, the Lady Indians fell to the Deweyville Lady Pirates on Monday, Oct. 29 in the Bi-District round. Groveton lost in three by scores of 25-10, 25-14 and 25-11.

Moving to District 21-AA, the Neches Lady Tigers have had an outstanding season and technically laid claim to the 21-AA title. However, just like Kennard, Neches moved to the Class A level for the playoffs and received a bye in the first round of postseason competition. The Lady Tigers will face the winner of the High Island and Apple Springs match with the site, date and time to be determined.

The official District 21-AA championship went to the Cayuga Lady Wildcats who took on the Normangee Lady Panthers on Monday. Cayuga defeated Normangee in three sets to move to the Area Round where they will face the Evadale Lady Rebels on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The Grapeland Sandiettes finished as the runners-up in District 21-AA and faced the Centerville Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Oct. 30. As of press time, however, the results of the match were unavailable. The winner of the Grapeland/Centerville match will face the West Hardin Lady Oilers with the site, date and time to be determined.

The Latexo Lady Tigers from District 21-AA and the Lovelady Lady Lions from District 22-AA did not qualify for postseason play.

Moving to the Class AAA level, the Elkhart Lady Elks and the Westwood Lady Panthers qualified for the playoffs out of District 20-AAA, while the Crockett Lady Bulldogs from District 20-AAA and the Trinity Lady Tigers from District 23-AAA did not.

The Lady Elks fell in the Bi-District round on Monday, Oct. 29 to the Little River Academy Bumblebees in three games. The Lady Panthers faced the Lexington Lady Eagles on Tuesday, Oct. 30 but as of press time the results of the match were unavailable.

At the AAAA level, the Palestine Lady Wildcats qualified for the playoffs out of District 19-AAAA while the Madisonville Lady Mustangs did not. Unfortunately for the Lady Wildcats, they fell to the Carthage Lady Bulldogs in three games on Monday, Oct. 29 by scores of 25-19, 25-11 and 25-11.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.