Hill Country Christian and fifteen other high schools competed at the TISCA/Killeen ISD Invitational high school swim meet on 11/16/13. Hill Country’s 10th grader Adam Toler placed 2nd in the 100-yd. Breaststroke and 3rd in the 200-yd. Individual Medley. The high school swim team will attend one more TISCA meet on 12/13-14th, followed by TAPPS Regional (1/29) and State (2/14) meets. Please contact James Toler for swim team info.
Senior Preston Glace has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended students have placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship program, go to http://www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php.
Hill Country advanced again through the TAPPS 2A Volleyball State Championship play-offs, with a convincing straight-set win over the visiting Dallas Lakehill Prep Warriors. The Lady Knights are now Area Champions (Elite 8) and will play in the Regional Finals on Tuesday, 11/5, to compete for the privilege of advancing to the State Final Four. Hill Country’s opponent in the Regional Finals will be last year’s State Champion, Denton Cavalry.
Despite Dallas Lakehill being a very accomplished team, the Lady Knights completely dominated throughout the match. The first set started with a kill from the Warriors, but then Avery Dooley went on an astounding 22 point service run to quickly quiet the visiting fans’ hopes. The run was frequently supported by strong attacks by Karen Baker, who had 6 kills in the first set, en route to a 25-2 win for the Lady Knights.
The Warriors were more competitive early in the second set, but Hill Country pulled away for a 25-12 win. The Lady Knights advanced to the Regional finals when Emily Pendleton scored a Service Ace for the final point in the third set which finished at 25-9.
Hill Country had by far their most overpowering offensive performance of the season, attacking at a very rare .610 hitting percentage for the match. The Lady Knights previous season high was .440 in the most recent round of the play-offs vs Tyler East Texas Christian. Every one of Hill Country’s hitters performed well above their season average in this team effort.
As part of the game plan to neutralize Lakehill’s primary Outside Hitter, Jessica Lowry started, based on her strong blocking capabilities. She responded fantastically by recording 7 kills on only 10 attempts.
Hill Country’s leaders for the match were Andi Bandow with 8 digs and outstanding service receive, Karen Baker with 14 kills (at a season record .875 attack percentage) and 6 demoralizing blocks, Kara Wedgeworth and Avery Dooley each with 5 Service Aces, and Avery Dooley with 33 Assists.