Jags beat Godley to take top seed

HHS rallies in final set of 11-4A tiebreaker match; Sweeney breaks school kill record

Mirror report
Heritage sophomore Grace Sweeney returns a serve during a recent home volleyball match. Sweeney now owns the HHS single-season kill record as the Jaguars won their fourth straight district championship and advanced to the playoffs.

KENNEDALE — The Midlothian Heritage Jaguars sealed a District 11-4A co-championship last Tuesday night, then claimed the No. 1 playoff seed with a thriller against Godley in a tiebreaker on Friday.

Trailing 11-4 in the fifth and deciding set, the Jaguars mounted a furious rally and pulled out a 25-23, 19-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 victory over the Lady Cats at Kennedale High School in a match to decide the top two seeds in the district.

Sophomore Grace Sweeney extended her school record for kills in a single season by tacking on 14 more to her total, adding a dozen digs; and junior Emilee Casey added 14 kills.

Other contributors were Sydney Dickson with four blocks and three aces; Rhali Adams with 17 digs; and Kensey Clifton with 36 assists and 10 digs for the Jags (28-18, 12-1).

The Jags began the week with a 25-11, 25-22, 25-11 sweep of Hillsboro last Tuesday, clinching a share of their fourth straight district title.

HHS was led by Sweeney with eight kills, seven digs and five blocks, putting her over 500 kills for the year and setting a new school record for kills in a single season. Allie Schmidt added six kills, and Cayla Williams each chipped in with six kills and eight blocks.

Casey served seven aces and Clifton finished with 22 assists for the Jags, who were scheduled to begin the Class 4A Region II playoffs on Monday night against Dallas Lincoln at Dallas’ Ellis Davis Fieldhouse.

The winner will advance to face either Carrollton Ranchview or Melissa this weekend in the area round.