Lady Guard fall short in bouts against Dallas Christian, Grace Community


Dallas Christian def.

Brook Hill 25-16, 25-15, 25-17

Marching through the 2017 season, the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity volleyball team was on the move last week, as the team loaded the bus and traveled to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for a non-district bout against the Dallas Christian Lady Chargers Tuesday, Oct. 10. 

In the first set of the matchup, the two teams began by attempting to control the flow of the momentum. The attack of the home team Lady Chargers was electric, shocking the Lady Guard and allowing the momentum to flow like a current towards Dallas Christian’s favor, claiming the first-set win, 25-16. 

The visiting Brook Hill squad looked to right the score in the second set of play, using a strong effort on both sides of the ball to fight back against the home team Dallas Christian. 

Despite the strong push by the Lady Guard both offensively and defensively, the attack of the Lady Chargers was too much to handle, as Dallas Christian went up two sets to none with a win in the second frame, 25-15.     

Looking to avoid a sweep in three sets, Brook Hill attempted to rally back into contention by using every weapon available to them in their arsenal against Dallas Christian. 

Although the Lady Guard scored the most points in the third set, the Lady Chargers’ strong play was too much to overcome, as Dallas Christian claimed the match victory in three sets over Brook Hill, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17. 

The Lady Guard’s defense was anchored by the impressive performance by senior setter Maddie Anthony in the contest against the Lady Chargers, amassing a total of 11 digs, as well as eight assists and three kills offensively. 

Other significant contributors for the Lady Guard against the Lady Chargers included junior libero Kaitlyn Juarez, with seven digs; freshman outside hitter Mary Roberts, with seven digs, two kills, and one ace; freshman setter Emily Livesay, with five digs and two assists; sophomore middle blocker Katherine Mondrick, with five digs, two blocks, and one kill; junior outside hitter Madeline Reed, with four kills; junior middle blocker Morgan Carpenter, with four aces, one kill, one block, and one dig; senior setter/right side hitter Zoe Hayes, with three digs and one assist; senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Rhea, with two digs; senior outside hitter/right side hitter Bailea Mapes, with two digs; and junior outside hitter Kasey Anderson, with one kill. 

Grace Community def.

Brook Hill 25-15, 25-16, 25-15

After returning home to Herrington Stadium following a loss to the Dallas Christian Lady Chargers, the Lady Guard varsity volleyball team forged ahead, advancing back into TAPPS Class 5A District 3 play, as the team hosted a district showdown against the Grace Community Lady Cougars Thursday, Oct. 12. 

In the first set of the district matchup, the Lady Guard and Lady Cougars battled fiercely in an attempt to sway the flow of the game in their favor. The Lady Cougars scratched and clawed at the Lady Guard defense with their powerful offensive claws, en route to taking the first set win, 25-15. 

Grace Community continued to build on their success in the first set during the second frame, using a strong performance on both sides of the ball to overwhelm the Brook Hill squad, winning the second set, 25-16. 

Hoping to avoid a three-set sweep, the Lady Guard launched a strong offensive campaign against the Lady Cougars, using a solid performance on both sides of the ball. However, the ferociousness of the Lady Cougars’ abilities proved to be too much to overcome, as Grace Community claimed the match’s victory over Brook Hill in three sets, 25-15, 25-16, 25-15. 

Anthony once again led the home team Lady Guard, accumulating a total of 15 digs, 13 assists, and two kills in the contest against the visiting Lady Cougars.

Other significant contributors for the Lady Guard against the Lady Cougars included Livesay, with 10 digs, six assists, and one ace; Mondrick, with 10 digs, five kills, two assists, and two blocks; Carpenter, with seven kills and two digs; Rhea, with six digs; Mapes, with four digs, four kills, and once ace; Reed, with four kills, two digs, and one block; Hayes, with two digs; Ke’Airra Christopher, with two digs; Juarez, with one dig; and senior defensive specialist Grace Helmers, with one dig.

With the losses to Dallas Christian and Grace Community, the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity volleyball team currently stands with an overall record of 6-17-1, 1-3 in district play. 

Next week: Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Brook Hill at Bishop Gorman; Thursday Oct. 19 – Brook Hill at Tyler All Saints. 


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