Round three of the UIL 6A State Championship playoffs and two teams from Northside remain. Tomorrow night, they will travel across town to play long-standing rivals Churchill and Reagan. The winners of the two matches will continue to the regional finals. The loser will have the opportunity to start preparing for the 2018 volleyball season.
O’Connor Panthers face the Churchill Chargers in the early game. This is not the first time these two have met this season. The Lady Panthers and the Lady Chargers played the season opener. The game went four matches with the Lady Panthers winning the first two and closing with the fourth set.
Both teams are evenly matched with height and power hitters. Both teams play each other competitively.
Churchill brings 12.2 kills per set, .283 hitting percentage, 282 total blocks, 15.6 digs per set, and 225 serving aces. The outside hitters hover close to six foot. The team is sophomore heavy so for many of them the third round of the playoffs will be new territory for them.
The game will be Tuesday, November 7 at 5:30pm.
If the Lady Panthers win Tuesday’s game they will play the winner of Alexander and McAllen Memorial at 6pm on Friday, November 10.
The Clark Lady Cougars face the Rattlers and are hoping to avoid being snake bit. This will be the first meeting between the two teams. Both Clark had anticipated this meeting and O’Connor hence the reason both teams fought so hard for the playoff to determine the first and second team placing in the district race.
Reagan arrives on the floor tonight with 12 seniors who have experience playing in the “pressure cooker” games and Coach Carter who has amassed over 600 wins. Additionally five of the Rattlers stand six foot or taller. So guarding the net will be some Bald Cypress trees with their support not much shorter than the starting guards.
Reagan will be quick on the court and much like their mascot will strike laying down, standing up, rolling over, flying through the air, and sometimes just looking at you.
The Lady Rattlers bring 13 kills per set, .26 hitting percentage, 241 total blocks, 21.1 digs per set, and 147 serving aces. Much like their opponents the Lady Rattlers have swept their first two playoff competitors in three game sweeps.
If Clark wins they will face McAllen’s Nikki Rowe. Rowe beat United last night to capture the first spot in the regional semi finals. Regional semifinals will be held on November 10. According to the UIL website, the game will be held in McAllen, Texas.