Cedar Park’s shot at making even more history came up just short.
Playing in the state title match for the first time in school history, the Lady Timberwolves fell to Amarillo 3-1 (13-25, 19-25, 25-14, 25-18) Saturday afternoon at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.
“Amarillo is a great team, but I don’t think there is a single team that got the best of us this season,” Cedar Park head coach Kori Cooper said. “This group fought for every point of every match they played. Amarillo has always been a poised team and that’s what got them the win.”
The Lady Timberwolves beat Lucas Lovejoy 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19) Friday to reach the state final for the first time ever.
Vanessa Vozza had nine kills and 10 digs, Alana Geymer had nine kills and four blocks. Lindsey Ledyard ad 37 assists, nine digs and four blocks and Raegan Sanders had seven digs. Ledyard and Geymer were named to the 5A All-Conference team.
“We went in with the mentality that we could win,” Ledyard said. “Maybe we let the nerves get to us, but we shouldn’t let that get to us because we’ve had nerves before. I don’t think we played the best we could.”
Cedar Park fell behind 18-9 in the first set and could never recover. The Lady Timberwolves dropped set one 25-13. The Sandies continued to roll despite a little more opposition from Cedar Park and won the second set 25-19.
The Lady Timberwolves found their groove in set three, jumping out to a13-8 lead thanks to back-to-back kills by Vozza. They won eight of the final nine points to take the set and cut the lead to 2-1.
Cedar Park jumped out to a 9-6 lead in the final set after two straight service aces by Taylor Nunez. But the Sandies rallied with four straight points with tournament MVP Emerson Solano serving and went on clinch the 10th state title in school history.
“We were still focused on our side and did what we needed to do and played with the heart like we always do,” Gymer said.
Ledyard will continue her volleyball career at Tulsa, while Luci Albertson is headed to Fairfield in Connecticut and Gymer is still undecided where she will play college ball. The Lady Timberwolves return 10 players next season.
Cooper, a former player and assistant with the Sandies, received a standing ovation from the traveling crowd from Amarillo. She was quick to shift focus back to Cedar Park and the imprint the Lady Timberwolves made on her in her first season in charge.
“I told the girls before the match that the team that served better and passed better was going to win and, unfortunately, it wasn’t us,” Cooper said. “They have a lot of weapons and they used them all. Sometimes that happens and we live and die with those moments.”