In a final tune-up for round II of the volleyball battle between Rouse and Cedar Park, the Raiders swept Hutto and the Timberwolves crushed Connally to set up the contest to end regular season play at Cedar Park.
“We have a healthy respect for Cedar Park, they are a very good team, talented and well coached,” said Rouse head coach Jacob Thompson.
Rouse (35-7, 15-0) and currently ranked third in the state polls, beat Hutto (22-24, 8-8) 25-8, 25-20, 25-16 behind e’Lan McCall’s ten kills with Dani Cole adding eight with Ava Bell chipping in seven kills and two blocks.
Kaliegh Skopal had 31 assists and Katy Northcut 19 digs in the victory which was the sixteenth straight for the Raiders.
Cedar Park (35-10, 14-1)remained hot on the path as the Timberwolves used nine kills by Alan Geymer and 16 assists by Lindsey Ledyard to blitz Connally (2-21, 0-15) 25-6,
The Rouse–Cedar Park rivalry is similar to the 2015 district matchup of eventual state champion Dripping Springs and Vandegrift. The Tigers beat the Vipers twice in district then again in the regional finals and Dripping Springs head coach Michael Kane indicated that the Vipers were their toughest opponent.
First year Cedar Park head coach Kori Cooper, who missed the Friday night match to attend the ten year reunion of the 2006 University of Nebraska Cornhusker national championship team and Jacob Thompson, only volleyball coach in Rouse history have continued to share respect for each other’s teams.
In other 19-5A district action, East View (24-19, 10-5) clinched a playoff spot by beating Elgin (15-28, 1-14) 25-13, 25-16, 22-25, 25-13) and Cedar Creek (27-14) qualified for playoffs by beating Georgetown (20-23, 7-8) 25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 22-25, 15-10. Cedar Creek and East View meet tonight in a match that could decide third and fourth place, although both teams are in playoffs.
Tomball and Magnolia play tonight in a battle for first place in 20-5A with the winner first and the loser second. Tomball Memorial will finish third and Willis fourth with fourth playing the winner of 19-5A and third meeting the runner up.
In the class 6A local action, Vandegrift (35-7, 9-2) was idle but has clinched second place in 25-6A while Vista Ridge got six kills each by Kylie Nothnagle and Ella Lofton but missed playoffs after losing to Hays 25-19, 25-19, 25-17. Leander (10-23, 2-11) lost to playoff bound Lake Travis (23-17, 8-4).
First year Tom Glenn (8-26, 4-7) will not make playoffs but the Grizzlies had an amazing season playing only freshmen and sophomores in District 19-4A. Anticipated realignment in 2018 will likely put the Grizzlies back into a Leander ISD centric district.