Navarro’s Wolens Special Events Center might as well be known as Bobcat Gym East for the Kerens LadyCats.
The LadyCats have owned the place for the Kiwanis basketball classic.
Kerens volleyball coach Kristen Lynch wants her players to keep that special feeling Tuesday night when the LadyCats play Kopperl in a Region II-1A bi-district playoff match on the Navarro campus.
The LadyCats won the Kiwanis Classic last year on their way to the state basketball tournament in Austin. The place holds great memories for many LadyCats who played on that team and are also currently on the volleyball team.
“I feel good about playing at Navarro,” Kerens coach Kristen Lynch said. “We’ve won a lot there and it’s similar to our home court.”
Three of Kerens’ top volleyball players also star on the basketball team — hitter Marqueshia Kelly, hitter/middle blocker Breanna Wells and setter Taylor Ames. Sophomore Kayla Kilcrease is the libero and a key player.
For Kopperl (18-19), which took second in District 13-1A ahead of Frost, Kaitlyn Gardner is the top hitter and Story Corbin the defensive specialist.
Frost vs. Wortham
Two Golden Circle teams opponents square off in what should be an interesting match.
Frost coach Elaine Woods knows exactly what her team is getting into against Wortham.
“They’re a good team,” Woods said. “They come from a tough district. Their district is tougher than ours. I played in that district last year. It’s not going to by easy.”
Frost relies on five freshmen, including middle blocker and hitter Jae Moore. Setter Dakota Lassetter leads the seniors along with part-time starters Kadee Bowling and Sabrena Jameson.
Mildred vs. Franklin
The Lady Eagles play in the postseason for the first time in school history.
Mildred puts a balanced team on the floor with top hitters Olivia Farmer, Audra Springer and Savannah Pritchett. Joanna Tapley has come on strong at the end of the season. Jenny Jock is an active player. Stephanie Zamora’s is the top passer.
Mildred did upset district champion Teague.
Rice vs. Anderson-Shiro
From Celina Smithers to the Gent sisters to Paige Allen and Samantha Harris, Rice is the most consistent team in the Golden Circle.
The Lady Bulldogs (18-10) beat Mildred twice. Karlie Young is the top hitter for Anderson-Shiro.
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS
Region III-2A Bi-District
Mildred (21-17) vs. Franklin............6:00
(at Buffalo HS)
Rice (18-10) vs. Anderson-Shiro (18-19).6:30
(at Leon HS)
Region II-1A Bi-District
Frost (13-10) vs. Wortham (21-15).8:00
Kerens (20-12) vs. Kopperl............6:00
(at Navarro College)