Varsity Recaps 2015
Lady Knights Advance to State Sweet 16
The Hill Country varsity volleyball team advanced through the first round of the TAPPs 2A State Playoffs with a straight set win over the Tyler East Texas Panthers 25-11, 25-10, 25-19. The Lady Knights had to adjust to an early injury to freshman stand-out Libero Kalah Reed, but Savannah Shipp and Grace Tinsley filled in fantastically to ensure that the defense had no drop off. Macey Todd had a career high hitting percentage of .590 as she led the team with 17 kills. Avery Dooley continued to add to her school assists record with another 29, while McKenna Dallmeyer led with 8 digs and Karlie Glace had 5 service aces. Hill Country will next face the Denton Calvary Lions in Denton. The Lions have won the TAPPs 2A State Championship twice in the past three years.
October 22 vs. Austin Royals
The Lady Knights lost a closely match against the Austin Royals, 21-25, 25-21, 21-25, 20-25. Hill Country handled the Royals’ aggressive service game much better than two weeks ago, repeatedly executing passes that kick-started the Lady Knights’ offense. In the end, though, the Royals’ defense proved superior as they delivered numerous critical digs. Leaders for the match were Macey Todd and Rachel Lychner with 16 and 15 kills respectively. Karlie Glace delivered 3 service aces, and McKenna Dallmeyer had 3 blocks. Kalah Reed had a career high 30 digs, and Avery Dooley inched closer to a career high 2000 assists — a milestone she is likely to reach when the Royals visit Hill Country on Monday evening.
October 20 vs. Waco Texas Christian Academy
The Lady Knights concluded their District schedule with an overpowering win over the Waco Texas Christian Academy Stars, 25-8, 25-10, 25-16. Leaders for the match were Rachel Lychner with 10 kills, Avery Dooley with 7 service aces and 25 assists, Karlie Glace with 6 digs, and Rachel, Avery, and Meghan Yoyotte each supplied one block.
October 15 vs. Temple Holy Trinity
The Lady Knights vanquished the Temple Holy Trinity Celtics in straight sets 25-6, 25-17, 25-18. Temple was directly behind Hill Country in District, and with the win, the Lady Knights have clinched 2nd place and a spot in the playoffs with a first-round home game. Sophomores Rachel Lychner and Macey Todd led the attack with 11 and 10 kills respectively. Avery Dooley continues to add to her school record in career assists with another 32. Kalah Reed and Karlie Glace led the defense with 17 and 15 digs. The Lady Knights’ 9 service aces were evenly distributed throughout the team, with Avery Dooley, Kalah Reed, and McKenna Dallmeyer claiming 2 each.
October 12 vs. Veritas
The Lady Knights pushed their District record to 8-2 with a commanding sweep of the Veritas Defenders, 25-6, 25-16, 25-16. Hill Country dominated the net, tallying 42 kills, led by Rachel Lychner and Macey Todd with 16 each. The Lady Knights also tallied 11 blocks, led by Rachel, Avery Dooley, and McKenna Dallmeyer with 3 each. Karlie Glace led with 3 service aces, but also put on a clinic with her aggressive short-serving, causing Veritas to overpass on several other attempts. Hill Country improves to 23-6 overall. Monday night was also senior night, where the careers of Grace Tinsley and Avery Dooley were celebrated, along with team manager Sarah Jane Farrell. With Avery Dooley’s 32 assists, she has 548 for the year and is approaching 2000 for her career as Hill Country’s all-time assists leader.
October 8 vs. Waco Live Oak
Hill Country dropped a pivotal District game against the Waco Live Oak Eagles. With the 25-10, 25-27, 25-13, 25-16 victory, Live Oak defends their district championship. Although the Lady Knights fought hard, Live Oak earned the victory with a powerful service and attack game. Leaders for the match were Karlie Glace with 8 digs and 3 service aces, Macey Todd with 7 kills, and Avery Dooley with 15 assists and 3 blocks.
October 5 vs. Austin Royals
The Lady Knights dropped their game at Austin Royals in straight sets 19-25, 21-25, 22-25. The sets were close throughout, but the Royals exhibited superior control and defense. Rachel Lychner led with 13 kills and 5 blocks. Kalah Reed had a strong showing with 22 digs and 3 of the 6 service aces against the Royals very polished service receive game. Avery Dooley led with 24 assists.
October 1 vs. Waldorf
The Lady Knights recorded a swift District win by sweeping the Waldorf Lady Roadrunners 25-7, 25-18, 25-10. Leaders were Rachel Lychner with 14 kills, Kalah Reed with 13 digs, Avery Dooley with 27 assists, and Macey Todd with 6 service aces.
September 29 vs. Summit
The Lady Knights defended their home court with a strong District win against the Summit Lady Eagles, 25-8, 25-8, 25-16. Hill Country had an overpowering attack, pounding 37 kills against Summit’s 6. Rachel Lychner and Macey Todd led with 11 and 10 kills respectively. Rachel also led with 2 blocks. McKenna Dallmeyer had a team leading 4 service aces, Avery Dooley led with 27 assists, and Kalah Reed chipped in 13 defensive digs. Hill Country is now 21-4 overall with a 6-1 District record.
September 24 vs. Texas Christian Academy
The Lady Knights earned an efficient District win against the Texas Christian Academy Lady Stars 25-6, 25-14, 25-13. Karlie Glace had a break-out night with a team leading 12 kills on only 17 attempts, and a career high .590 attacking percentage. Karlie also led on defense with 5 digs. McKenna Dallmeyer and Emma Laughlin led with 5 service aces each, and Emma also seamlessly stepped in for injured Avery Dooley and led the team with 26 assists.
September 21 vs. Temple Holy Trinity
The Lady Knights tallied a convincing District win against the Temple Holy Trinity Celtics, 25-13, 25-15, 25-21. Temple came into the match with an impressive 4-1 District record. Hill Country exhibited superior firepower with team totals of 30 kills and 15 service aces. Leaders were Macey Todd and Rachel Lychner with 10 and 9 kills respectively, Avery Dooley with 20 assists, and Kalah Reed with 10 digs. Kalah and McKenna Dallmeyer also led with 5 service aces each.
September 17 vs. Veritas
The Lady Knights traveled to Veritas for an important District match and came away with a 25-17, 25-13, 26-24 victory. Hill Country struggled to find their offensive efficiency, but they fought through to eventually prevail. Leaders were Macey Todd and Rachel Lychner with 14 and 13 kills respectively, Kalah Reed with 17 defensive digs, Karlie Glace with 6 service aces, and Avery Dooley with 25 assists.
September 14 vs. Live Oak
It was a bittersweet night as the Lady Knights fell to District rival Live Oak Eagles 23-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 13-15. The positives were numerous as they battled an excellent foe that had seemingly interchangeable 5’11” attackers and blockers. Despite losing the first two close sets, Hill Country never stopped fighting and came tantalizingly close to the upset. Macey Todd and Rachel Lychner led with 17 and 14 kills respectively. Rachel contributed a career high 6 blocks. Kalah Reed and Karlie Glace led with 14 and 13 digs respectively. Avery Dooley, Rachel Lychner, Macey Todd, and Kalah Reed tied with 3 service aces, and Avery had another excellent night with 34 assists.
September 11-12 at Castle Hills Invitational Tournament
The Lady Knights enjoyed a fantastic weekend as they traveled to San Antonio and claimed the championship at the Castle Hills Invitational Tournament. The Lady Knights dominated the field, defeating New Braunfels Christian, San Antonio Lutheran, and Dallas Lakehill Prep in pool play, then Marble Falls Faith, Natalia ISD, and 3A San Antonio Keystone in the finals. Rachel Lychner earned All-Tournament honors and had a .846 hitting percentage (11 kills on 13 attempts with no errors) in the championship match.
September 7 vs. Summit
The Lady Knights notched a convincing District win as they beat the Summit Lady Eagles in straight sets 25-10, 25-13, 25-9. The play of the night occurred midway through the 3rd set. Summit executed an aggressive spike attempt directed at the deep corner. Libero Kalah Reed, playing middle back, dove hard to her right and made a spectacular reaction dig. Her dive didn’t allow her to see the result, which floated softly towards the net for Avery Dooley to set Macey Todd for a crushing cross-court kill. Leaders were Grace Tinsley with 5 service aces, Avery Dooley with 24 assists and 9 digs, and Macey Todd with 13 kills.
September 3 vs. Hill Country San Marcos
The Lady Knights extended their winning streak with an overpowering performance against the Hill Country San Marcos Lady Rams, 25-6, 25-11, 25-16. Hill Country continues to exhibit superb passing led by stand-out Libero Kalah Reed, and Macey Todd, McKena Dallmeyer, and Karlie Glace. Kalah has tallied a team-leading 126 digs for the season. Macey had a career best hitting percentage of .588 as she delivered 10 kills on 17 attempts. Rachel Lychner delivered 5 blocks. Avery Dooley and Emma Laughlin led the offense with a combined 23 assists, and Macey led with 7 service aces.
September 1 vs. Waldorf
The Lady Knights opened District play with a convincing win against the Waldorf Roadrunners, prevailing in straight sets 25-11, 25-10, 25-18. Avery Dooley had a standout evening, leading with 6 digs, 19 assists, 1 block, and 5 service aces. Macy Todd delivered a strong offensive performance, leading with 12 kills.
August 31 vs. Waco Vanguard
The Lady Knights notched a satisfying win against ex-District rival Waco Vanguard. Although the Vikings recently moved to TAPPS 3A, there were plenty of players on the court who remembered the heated rivalry. Although Hill Country dropped one set, they controlled the pace of play, winning 25-15, 25-15, 21-25, 25-17. There were several stellar performances, but the match came down to two primary factors. First, the season-high offense by Rachel Lychner and Macey Todd, each with 19 kills. Second was the noise and energy from the student section, which rattled the Lady Vikings and regained momentum for the Lady Knights. Kalah Reed continued her superb play as Libero with 24 digs. Avery Dooley logged 45 assists, and Macey Todd led with 3 service aces.
August 27 vs. Castle Hills
The Lady Knights took a straight set win against the San Antonio Castle Hills Eagles, 25-11, 25-12, 25-14. The offense worked well with excellent passing and strong attacks. Rachel Lychner and Macey Todd tied with 8 kills each. Avery Dooley led with 19 assists. Hill Country’s defense was also strong, allowing only 7 kills by Castle Hills. Rachel Lychner was a power at the net with 2 blocks, and it was a team effort with digs: Karlie Glace had 8, and Kalah Reed and Avery Dooley each had 7. Karlie led with 5 service aces, including several long runs.
August 20 vs. Regents
The Lady Knights traveled to Regents Thursday night and lost to a very powerful 4A team in straight sets. Regents’ attack had Hill Country on the defensive in the first set, but they fought back admirably and came close to taking the final two sets. Leaders were Karlie Glace and Kalah Reed with 2 service aces each, Rachel Lychner with 7 kills, and Emma Laughlin with 16 assists. Karlie also led the team with 12 defensive digs.
August 19 vs. Texas School for the Deaf
The Lady Knights earned a hard-fought win against the Texas School for the Deaf Lady Warriors 3-1. The match was close and tense until the Lady Knights dominated the final set. Emma Laughlin stepped up to do a fantastic job of setting, leading with 30 assists along with 4 service aces. Macey Todd and Rachel Lychner led with 11 kills each, and Karlie Glace set the defensive pace with 21 digs and 2 blocks.
August 10 vs. Savio
The Lady Knights kicked off their 2015 campaign with a hard fought match against the 4A St. Dominc Savio Lady Eagles. Although the Lady Knights pulled out one set, Savio exhibited superior firepower. Team leaders were Macey Todd and Rachel Lychner with 9 kills each, Avery Dooley with 25 assists, Grace Tinsley with 3 service aces, and Kalah Reed with 12 digs.