HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Cedar Park snaps streak with sweep against Elgin

Vandegrift tops Lake Travis on the road

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After starting the district schedule with six straight wins, Cedar Park hit a speed bump. 

The Lady Timberwolves rebounded in a big way on Tuesday night, sweeping Elgin 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-8) to snap a two-match losing streak.

“We needed this win to gain momentum,” senior Alexis Cheatum said. “We’re now tied with Cedar Creek for second place and we needed to gain confidence and be reassured that we can get first in the district.”

Cedar Park lost its last two matches, losing to No. 1 Rouse on Sept. 22 and Hutto last Tuesday before a much-needed bye on Friday night. 

The Lady Timberwolves have had their roster suffering from illness. Senior defensive specialist Reagan Sanders missed the last two matches because she was sick and senior outside hitter Taylor Nunez wasn’t feeling 100 percent on Tuesday.

“We tried out new things,” Cheatum said. “We had different setters switch out and people we passing different tempo of balls so just getting into the groove of a new system t help carry through the rest of the season.”

The Lady Timberwolves responded with a five-point run to open up the first set and slowly increased its lead, pulling away for a 25-10 win. 

Cedar Park took advantage of Elgin’s unforced errors to get out a 13-9 lead in the second set and the defense showed up in the form of a couple blocks by Andrea Grimm to extend the lead to 18-10. 

The Lady Wildcats went on a little run toward the end of the second set, but the Lady Timberwolves held on for a 25-20 win. They dominated the final set, going on a 9-0 run midway through and rolling to a 25-8 win. 

“It feels great having the team go for it and get a win,” Sanders said. “Our servicing was a little down in the second set but we came out in the third set and did really good. We stay disciplined on things like blocking and defense.”

Cedar Park travels to Bastrop to face off with No. 24 Cedar Creek on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Vandegrift further threw District 25-6A into chaos with a five-set win (23-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-29, 15-11) on the road against Lake Travis. Ryan Palmieri led the team with 28 kills, Simone Priebe had 16 kills and 23 digs, Delaney Dilfer had 33 assists, and Annie Stadthaus had seven blocks. 

The Lady Vipers beat Westlake 3-2 (28-30, 11-25, 25-15, 25-23, 15-7) last Friday, handing the Lady Chaparrals their first district loss. They host Lehman Friday at 5:30 p.m.

No. 1 Rouse continued its dominance with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-15) win at home against Bastrop. In District 25-6A, Leander beat Lehman 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-6) and Vista Ridge was swept by Westlake (25-15, 25-16, 25-20). 

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