Varsity Recaps 2014

October 21 vs. Round Rock Christian
The Lady Knights continued their preparation for their State playoff run with a convincing win over rival Round Rock Christian in straight sets, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22. TAPPs rules state that each team can schedule a “warm-up” match between playoff rounds while stile alive, and the Lady Knights pounced on the opportunity to reaffirm their come-from-behind victory against Round Rock earlier this season.

Leaders for the Lady Knights were Emily Pendleton with 11 kills and a 44% kill percentage, Avery Dooley with 28 assists and 2 blocks, Kara Wedgeworth with 6 service aces, and Macey Todd with 9 defensive digs.

Hill Country travels to Wichita Falls to face-off with the defending 1A State Champ, Wichita Falls Notre Dame, at noon on Friday for the State round of 16 playoffs.

October 23 vs. DeSoto Canterbury
The Lady Knights commenced their 2014 playoff run with a convincing win over DeSoto Canterbury 25-16, 25-9, 26-24.

Leaders for the match were Emily Pendleton with 10 kills at a .500 attack percentage, Kara Wedgeworth with 6 aces, Avery Dooley with 29 assists, and Macey Todd with 10 digs.

The Lady Knights are now in the “Sweet 16” of the State playoffs and will travel next Friday and Saturday to Wichita Falls for the Regional Finals tournament. Their likely opponent in the next round will be Wichita Falls Notre Dame enjoying a virtual home game. Notre Dame won the TAPPs 1A State championship last year.

October 20 vs. Waco Live Oak
The Lady Knights fell to the Waco Live Oak Falcons inthe District Championship tie-breaker game. Hill Country fought valiantly, forcing a decisive 5th set despite dropping the first two. The Falcons prevailed, however, 17-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-9, to claim the District title. Despite the loss, Hill Country is prepared to mount a serious charge in the state play-offs, which will begin with facing DeSoto Canterbury in a neutral site match-up in Waco Thursday evening.

Leaders for the match were Abby Jasek with 4 service aces and Emily Pendleton with 10 kills. Emily Pendleton and Abby Jasek also led with 3 blocks each.

October 16 vs. Texas Christian Academy
The Lady Knights celebrated Senior Night with a win over Texas Christian Academy. The six seniors (Samantha Houghton, Abby Jasek, Sarah Loveday, Jessica Lowry, Emily Pendleton, and Kara Wedgeworth) had the floor for the majority of the evening, often playing positions that were not their customary ones. They showed their all-around skill by controlling the match 25-10, 25-11, 25-20. Samantha Houghton led the defense with 7 digs, and Abby Jasek had 12 kills.

October 13 vs. Temple Holy Trinity
The Hill Country Varsity volleyball team took one step closer to a District Championship playoff as they defeated Temple Holy Trinity in straight sets 25-12, 25-11, 25-5. The Lady Knights are now 21-3 overall and 10-1 in District play. Macey Todd led with 8 kills and 11 aces. Karlie Glace shone with 5 kills on only 6 attempts. Rachel Lychner had a season high 3 blocks. Kara Wedgeworth had a rare start as Libero and led with 7 digs. Avery Dooley continued to prove she is the premier setter in District with 25 assists.

October 9 vs. Austin Veritas
The Lady Knights notched a critical road victory against the Veritas Defenders. Hill Country had to battle against a loud Veritas crowd but was able to come out with the straight sets win, 25-17, 25-16, 26-24. With the win, the Lady Knights are now 20-3 overall and 9-1 in District, and still tied with Waco Live Oak. Emily Pendleton had several service runs at critical points in the match and led the team with 8 aces. Other leaders for the match were Rachel Lychner with 10 kills and Avery Dooley with 31 assists.

October 6 vs. Waco Live Oak
The Lady Knights tallied their most important win of the season by successfully avenging their earlier loss to the Waco Live Oak Falcons. Live Oak came in with a perfect 26-0 record and a critical one game lead on Hill Country in District. Hill Country won the match in straight sets 25-15, 25-23, 25-18. Coach Fionda and the team would like to thank the extremely raucous crowd that packed the gym. The decibel level clearly gave the Lady Knights the edge, and the young Falcons team struggled to match the combined intensity of the Lady Knights and their supportive fans.

Rachel Lychner was unstoppable at the net, collecting 9 kills on 11 attempts in the first set against strong blocking. Live Oak was more determined in the second set and held a 3-4 point lead until Karlie Glace dashed their hopes with a critical 8 point service run that gave the Lady Knights a lead they would not relinquish. The third set was controlled by Hill Country.

Rachel Lychner led the offense with 14 kills at a superb .500 hitting percentage. As a team, the Lady Knights were dramatically more efficient at a .270 hitting percentage as compared to the first match against Live Oak when they only hit .040. Hill Country also blocked effectively, with all 6 of the front-line starters having a block against the strong attack. Avery Dooley had a stellar performance with several acrobatic sets among her 24 assists. Avery and Kara Wedgeworth led the defense, collecting 14 digs each. Avery rounded out her fine evening by leading in service aces with 4.

September 30 vs. Lyndon B. Johnson High School
The Lady Knights knew they had a tough match-up coming as they traveled to Johnson City to play a very strong and accomplished 2A UIL team. The Johnson City Eagles have swept several TAPPs teams this season, but that was not to be their fate tonight. Your Lady Knights played a wonderfully efficient match and swept the Eagle 25-17, 26-24 and 25-22.

Hill Country exhibited superb back-line passing, allowing the Lady Knights to have multiple options on offense. McKenna Dallmeyer led the effort in service receive, fielding 10 attempts with no errors.

Emily Pendleton had quite possibly the best night of her distinguished Hill Country career. When the Lady Knights were struggling early, down 8-2 against the Eagles’ strong offense, Emily approached the service line. She proceeded to serve 9 points in a row, including 6 Aces, giving Hill Country an 11-8 lead. The Lady Knights never gave up the momentum thereafter. Emily finished the match leading with 9 service aces, and she also led the team with 9 kills. Kara Wedgeworth and Avery Dooley led the defense with 13 digs each, and Avery also led with 4 blocks.

September 25 vs. Austin Royals
It would be an injustice say that the Lady Knights “suffered” a defeat against the Austin Royals. In fact, Hill Country played inspired ball throughout the evening, and ultimately came up short in an incredibly close and exciting match.

Similar to the earlier matchup this season, this affair went to 5 sets. Tonight, though, the final set was one for the record books. Hill Country was close to defeat, down 14-11 in the decisive final set to 15, but mounted a tense comeback to tie the set at 14-14. Both teams continued to trade punches but neither could gather the necessary two-point lead for the victory until the Royals finally found the winning point at 23-21.

Leaders for the match were Abby Jasek, Kara Wedgeworth, and Macey Todd with 14 kills each. Avery Dooley had a season-high 48 assists. Hill Country also had a season-high 12 blocks, led by Avery Dooley with 4. Avery led with 4 aces, and Kara Wedgeworth had 25 digs.

September 23 vs. Texas Christian Academy
The Lady Knights remained hot with a quick victory against Texas Christian Academy. Hill Country emerged victorious in straight sets 25-10, 25-6, 25-4, pushing their record to 15-2 overall and 5-1 in District. Abby Jasek led the attack with 9 kills. Abby and Avery Dooley tied for the lead in aces, each with 11. McKenna Dallmeyer led the defense with 5 digs.

September 18 vs. Temple Holy Trinity
The Lady Knights won an important road match against the Temple Holy Trinity Celtics. The victory came in 4 sets, 25-13, 25-20, 24-26, 25-17. The first set was the most comfortable for the Lady Knights, with a strong outside attack from Kara Wedgeworth and Macey Todd for a combined 7 kills in the first set. After a second set victory and a large lead in the third, it appeared that the Lady Knights would have a short evening. But the Celtics overcame a 21-14 third set deficit to win 26-24. Hill Country rebounded, though, for the critical District win. Leaders were Macey Todd with 16 kills and 16 digs, and Avery Dooley with 32 assists.

September 15 vs. Veritas
The Lady Knights defeated the Veritas Defenders in straight sets, 25-12, 25-19, 25-21. The win pushes Hill Country’s record to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in District. The Lady Knights had three players with double-digit kills: Abby Jasek with 12, Macey Todd with 11, and Kara Wedgeworth with 10. Avery Dooley ran the offense effectively with a strong 31 assists, Abby Jasek led with 10 service aces and 3 blocks, and Macey Todd had 12 digs.

September 9 vs. Waldorf
The Lady Knights pushed their record to 2-0 in District and 12-1 overall with a convincing win over Waldorf in straight sets, 25-7, 25-18, 25-17. The Lady Knights were able to neutralize the one very powerful college recruit that Waldorf relied on and remained in control throughout the match. Macey Todd led with 11 kills, and Abby Jasek had a career night with 10 kills on 10 attempts. Avery Dooley continues to distribute the ball with excellence, tallying 35 assists. Avery Dooley and Karlie Glace led with 3 service aces each. Kara Wedgeworth and Macey Todd led with 7 digs each.

September 4 vs. Summit
It was a refreshingly brief evening as the team quickly dispatched the Summit Eagles in the District opener in straight sets. Hill Country dominated in every facet of the game with scores of 25-5, 25-6, and 25-7. Leaders for the team were Emma Laughlin with 8 service aces and 12 assists, and Macey Todd with 6 kills on 6 attempts.

September 2 vs. Austin Royals
The Lady Knights fell for the first time this season, but not without a fight. In another 5-set affair, the Austin Royals defeated the Lady Knights 25-22, 22-25, 22-25, 25-12, 15-9.

The Royals had a powerful attack that seemed to have the Lady Knights a bit intimidated as the Royals opened up an 18-4 lead. As the Lady Knights have often done this season, they fought back to bring the score to 22-25. The momentum was with Hill Country as they captured the next two sets 25-22 each. Critical during this stretch were an aggressive 8 point service run by Emily Pendleton in the second set to reverse an early deficit, and a run of kills by Rachel Lychner. The Lady Knights, though, could not find the formula in the fourth and fifth sets and had to accept their first defeat.

Leaders were Rachel Lychner with 10 kills and a 27% kill percentage and Avery Dooley with 28 assists. Defensive opportunities were aplenty given the Royals consistent attack, and there were several Lady Knights with high dig totals: Avery Dooley and Kara Wedgeworth had 18 each, Sarah Loveday with 16, and Macey Todd with 15.

August 28 vs. Hill Country San Marcos
The Lady Knights extended their season-opening win streak to 10-0 with a victory against long-time rival Hill Country San Marcos. The Lady Knights controlled the match in straight sets, 25-14, 25-19, 25-20. Leading the Knight’s offense were Rachel Lycnher with 7 kills and Avery Dooley with 20 assists. Leading the defense were Kara Wedgeworth with 14 digs and Avery Dooley with 2 blocks.

August 26 vs. Sterling Classical High School
The Lady Knights kept their perfect season alive with a win against Sterling Classical High School. After two straight 5-set matches, Hill Country was happy to log a straight-set win, 25-15, 25-11, 25-8.

Hill Country had their best offensive showing of the season, hitting at a very solid 37% efficiency. Leading the attack with 8 kills each were Emily Pendleton, Abby Jasek, and Kara Wedgeworth at very high hitting efficiencies of 50%, 44%, and 42% respectively. Jessica Lowry led with 2 blocks, Kara Wedgeworth logged 9 digs, and Avery Dooley led with 25 assists.

August 21 vs. Round Rock Christian School
Hill Country was 7-0 coming off a grueling 3-2 win over Regents the night before, and they had to turn around and play Round Rock Christian, whom the current seniors had never beaten. Last year’s match resulted in a deflating straight set loss. Round Rock is a powerful, perennial 3A playoff team.

The match started with Round Rock executing well and keeping the Lady Knights on their heels. Round Rock won the first two sets 25-20 and 25-21. Hill Country knew they had not played their best, but their confidence in a comeback was waning. Despite the third set being close for the first few points, Round Rock surged to a commanding 14-5 lead.

But Hill Country rallied in one of the most dramatic comebacks in Lady Knights’ history. Emily Pendleton rattled Round Rock with several overpowering serves, and the deficit began to shrink. Your Lady Knights fought off several match points and won the third set 28-26. Kara Wedgeworth and Emily Pendleton were a perfect 5 for 5 in kills during the final, tense points of the third set. The set win reversed the momentum, and the Lady Knights played inspired volleyball the remainder of the match. Hill Country won the fourth set 25-21 and never trailed in the fifth set as they took the victory 15-11. The Lady Knights are 8-0 and have played all but one of their matches against TAPPS 3A and above teams.

Leaders for the match were Abby Jasek and Emily Pendleton with 9 kills each, Kara Wedgeworth with 17 digs, Emily Pendleton and Macey Todd with 5 service aces each, Avery Dooley with 38 assists, and Abby Jasek with 4 blocks.

August 20 vs. Regent School of Austin
The Lady Knights vanquished another TAPPs 4A foe, defeating Regents in a tightly contested 5-set match. Regents is a perennial 4A playoff team and always fields a very competitive squad. Hill Country is now a perfect 7-0 for the season.

Hill Country fell behind by 5 points through most of the first set, but almost came back in a set that finally fell Regents’ way 29-27. The Lady Knights won the second set 25-23. The third set was extremely tight, but Regents prevailed 25-23. After that, the Lady Knights dominated, winning 25-15 in the fourth set, and 15-6 in the decisive fifth set.

Avery Dooley showed again that she is one of the finest setters in TAPPs 2A by logging 26 assists. Abby Jasek logged 10 kills and 7 aces. Emily Pendleton had 8 kills and a team leading 40% hitting efficiency. Kara Wedgeworth had 12 digs.

August 15-16 at Baytown Christian Tournament
The Lady Knights traveled to the 6th Annual Baytown Christian Invitational, a tournament comprised of primarily TAPPs 3A and 4A schools. Sixteen teams go in with the hope of raising the championship trophy, and this year, that team is your Hill Country Knights!

On Friday Hill Country faced Logos Prep, Alvin Living Stones, and Pope John Paul XXIII, a 4A school that knocked the Lady Knights out of Championship contention in last year’s tournament. Hill Country swept the teams 6 sets to none.

Saturday started with Hill Country in the quarterfinals against 4A Houston Lutheran South. The Lady Knights’ confidence surged as they quickly vanquished Lutheran South 25-13, 25-16. Emily Pendleton led the attack with 5 kills on only 9 attempts.

The semi-finals pitted Hill Country against Houston’s Christian Home School Association, which finished 4th nationally last year among home school organizations. Although the Lady Knights jumped out to an early 17-12 lead, CHSA won the first set 25-21. The situation worsened in the second set as the Lady Knights fell behind 15-10. In a tense and exciting comeback, Hill Country prevailed 25-23, then dominated the third set 15-3 to advance to the championship. Abby Jasek and Macey Todd led the offense with 5 kills each.

Woodlands Christian Academy awaited in the finals. Hill Country quickly prevailed 25-18, 25-15. Kara Wedgeworth passed perfectly to her setter, Avery Dooley, allowing Hill Country’s offense to execute at its highest efficiency. The offense was led by Rachel Lychner and Macey Todd, with 7 and 5 kills respectively. Avery Dooley earned All Tournament Team honors, and Kara Wedgeworth was named the Tournament MVP.

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