Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 8, 2013

CHS Volleyball: Corsicana falls to No. 9 Lindale

Mike Phillips
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Sometimes the other guys are just that good.

Really good.

That’s what Corsicana’s volleyball team ran into Tuesday night when Lindale showed up in the Cosicana gym.

The Tigers battled and had some moments, but Lindale was just too tough, too tall and too talented.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Lady Eagles have Zhanelle Geathers, the best bigtime hitter in District 16-4A.

“They’re the No. 9 team in the state. They’re a pretty good team,’’ said Corsicana coach Ashley Grace, after her team was swept by Lindale, 25-12. 25-11, 25-15.

Don’t feel alone.

Lindale hasn’t lost a set in district play this season, sweeping every match in three sets and rolling out to a 4-0 record in District 16-4A. The Lady Eagles are the defending district champs and look ready to repeat. They’re 30-3 and haven’t lost in weeks. Their last lost was to state power Leon.

They’re that tough, that tall and that talented. And then there’s Geathers, who was simply dominating at the net.

Is she the best player in District 16-4 A?

Lindale coach Meghan Reniker smiled and said, “Well, best hitter.’’ Then she smiled again.

Geathers, who is 6-2 and plays taller, had her way at the net with some laser shots and some ridiculous blocks. She’s not only tall and savvy, but she has a big windmill windup and she knows how to finish. The volleyball coach from UT-Arlington was at the match to scout her and talked to Geathers afterward.

But as talented as Lindale is, Corsicana had its moments and the two teams fought through six ties in the opening  set before Lindale went on a run, and the Tigers showed their own brand of toughness in the match.

“We just need to quit making so many errors,’’ Grace said. “We gave up too many points by making mistakes.’’

The Tigers are 1-3 in the district race, but have shown signs of being a payoff team. They’re 10-12 for the season, but most of those losses came early.

“We have a lot of district left,’’ Grace said. “We just have to cut down on our mistakes and play better. We have the heart to do it.’’

“Caroline Biltz led the Tigers with four kills and eight digs, and her sister Brianna had three kills and nine assists. Carley Cates had nine assists and 11 digs, and Celcilia Lopez had seven digs on a night when every dig was important. MaKenzie Lee had some brilliant moments at the net and had two assisted blocks. Mykala Goodwin had a block and Jenny Garcia had the only ace of the night for the Tigers.