Varsity Recaps 2016
October 25 vs. Pasadena First Baptist
The Lady Knights started their State playoff run with a straight set win over the visiting Pasadena First Baptist Lady Warriors 25-14, 25-15, 25-18. Hill Country will now play in the “Sweet 16” Area round against District 7 Champion Spring Frassati Thursday night on their home court. Hill Country fell behind in each of the three sets but persisted to prevail. Leaders for the match were Karlie Glace with 7 service aces and 8 digs, Emma Laughlin with 13 assists, Macey Todd with 11 kills, and Hannah Kelly with 3 blocks.
October 18 vs. St. Paul
The Lady Knights pushed their overall record to 22-7 with a play-off warm-up match against the visiting Shiner St. Paul Cardinals 22-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-11. Shiner came out strong and controlled the first set, but Hill Country adjusted well and pulled away in the final three sets. Leaders were Rachel Lychner and Macey Todd with 13 and 12 kills respectively, Karlie Glace and McKenna Dallmeyer with 8 digs, and Hannah Kelly with 19 assists and 3 blocks.
October 13 vs. Veritas
The Lady Knights completed their District circuit with a straight set victory over the Veritas Defenders 25-10, 25-22, 25-14. The win confirms a second place finish in District 4 and a State Playoff berth. Leaders for the match were Rachel Lychner with 11 kills and 3 blocks, Hannah Kelly with 16 assists, Macey Todd with 3 service aces, and Kalah Reed with 14 digs.
October 11 vs. Headwaters
The Lady Knights celebrated senior night with a straight set District victory over the visiting Headwaters Lady Lions 25-4, 25-5, 25-16. Honored seniors were Karlie Glace, Hannah Kelly, Emma Laughlin, and Savanna Shipp. Leaders for the match were Savanna Shipp and Hannah Kelly with 12 and 7 kills respectively, Emma Laughlin with 19 assists, and Rachel Lychner and Karlie Glace with 6 and 4 service aces respectively. Hill Country is now 20-7 on the season and 5-2 in District with a 2nd place finish and playoff spot secured.
October 4 vs. Temple Central Texas Christian
The Lady Knights won an important District road match against the Temple Central Texas Christian Lions in straight sets 25-13, 25-20, 25-23. Hill Country’s fans largely negated the home court advantage for the Lions. Leaders for the match were Macey Todd and Rachel Lychner with 13 kills each, and Karlie Glace leading in attack percentage with a strong 8 kills on 18 attempts. Hannah Kelly led with 26 assists and 3 blocks. Macey, Karlie, and Kalah Reed all had 11 digs to lead the defensive effort.
September 26 vs. Veritas
The Lady Knights pushed their District record to 2-1 with a straight set win over the Veritas Lady Defenders 25-11, 25-14, 25-12. Hill Country started the match with a 13-0 service run by McKenna Dallmeyer and never looked back. Leaders for the match were Rachel Lychner with 18 kills on only 27 attempts, McKenna with 6 service aces, Kalah Reed with 21 digs, and Hannah Kelly with 18 assists.
September 15 vs. Temple Central Texas Christian
The Lady Knights opened District play at home with a resounding win against the visiting Temple Central Texas Christian Lions in straight sets 25-21, 25-14, 25-14. Hill Country had a large crowd in attendance, and the combination of the Lady Knights execution with fantastic fan support was too much for the Lions to overcome.
Hill Country combined superb defense with season highs in offense to earn the victory. Rachel Lychner and Macey Todd led the attack with 16 and 14 kills respectively, and Macey had an incredible 28 kill attempts with zero errors. Karlie Glace led the strong defensive effort with 15 digs, and Hannah Kelly was a force at the net with 3 critical blocks. The Lions exhibited a strong service receive game, but McKenna Dallmeyer led the service attack with 2 Aces on 18 serves and zero errors.
September 12 vs. Waldorf
The Lady Knights ran their win streak to 9 straight games with a win over the Waldorf Roadrunners in straight sets 25-16, 25-6, 25-12. Hill Country is now 15-4 for the season. Hill Country overpowered the Roadrunners at the net with Macey Todd and Rachel Lychner leading the attack with 10 and 9 kills respectively. Macey also led the team with 4 service aces. Kalah Reed had a team-high 8 defensive digs, and Emma Laughlin led with 14 assists.
September 9-10 Castle Hills Tournament
The Lady Knights successfully defended their championship as they once again triumphed at the Castle Hills Invitational tournament in San Antonio. Hill Country vanquished 7 of the 16 total teams without dropping a set. The Lady Knights established several “firsts” in the victory: first tournament championship defense, first win against a TAPPS 6A school (Houston Incarnate Word), and a spectacular 96% serving percentage with only 14 errors over 315 serves. Rachel Lychner and Macey Todd were both awarded all tournament team honors, but the entire team pulled together for the championship with superb defense, control, and attacking.
September 6 vs. Austin Royals
The Lady Knights earned an emotional 3-2 win against the visiting Austin Royals, snapping a 6-game losing streak against the Royals. Hill Country had to fight back from a 9-3 deficit in the decisive 5th set but executed excellently down the stretch to prevail 15-11. Kills were hard to come by against the Royals’ stingy defense, but Rachel Lychner and Macey Todd led the attack with 13 and 10 kills respectively. Rachel also led the team with 4 service aces. Defense decided the game down the stretch, with Kalah Reed and Macey leading with 41 and 24 digs respectively. Hannah Kelly had a team high 31 assists.
August 16 vs. Texas School for the Deaf
The Lady Knights notched a decisive win in their home opener against Texas School for the Deaf in straight sets 25-18, 25-17, 25-18. Leaders for the match were Karlie Glace and Macey Todd with 7 kills each and Emma Laughlin with 23 assists. Karlie also led with 3 service aces and 7 digs. Meghan Yoyote and Rachel Lychner each had 2 blocks. The win came shortly after the Lady Knights returned from their successful trip to the Baytown Invitation tournament where they went 5-1.