Going into Tuesday’s regular season finale, it wasn’t a question of which teams were going to the state playoffs out of District 24-6A but rather what order the top four teams would finish.
That all changed after the Clear Falls Knights defeated the Clear Creek Wildcats, 3-1, winning by scores of 25-18, 24-26, 25-22 and 25-21. With the win, the Knights finished second in the district standings.
Both teams had already clinched spots in the playoffs.
The Knights finished with an 11-3 record in district play, finishing behind Friendswood (14-0), while the Wildcats finished third in the standings with a 9-5 record. The Clear Springs Chargers (who clinched a spot last week) finished fourth at 9-5. Clear Creek holds the head to head tiebreaker over Clear Springs.
“We’re excited that we sealed second,” said Clear Falls head coach Lyndsay Hodges. “Clear Creek is always a good team and they played really well tonight. I’m proud of our girls for taking care of business.”
It was the second time the Knights defeated the Wildcats this season in district play, winning in their previous meeting in five sets.
Briana Garcia had 20 kills and 10 digs for the Knights while Mia Johnson had 14 kills. Naomi Jean had 26 digs for Clear Falls.
Emma Wagenknecht powered the Wildcats in kills, finishing with 21, while Jenna Metzinger finished with 17 and Riley Brantley had 12.
Sydney O’Dell had 20 digs for the Wildcats while Kelsey Childers finished with 19 and Ashlynn Phillips finished with 13.
“I’m very disappointed,” said Clear Creek head coach Scott Simonds. “We didn’t make the plays that we needed to. We started off the match really badly. The third and fourth sets were really disappointing for us. Those were winnable sets for us.”
The Knights started off strong, staying in front for the entire duration of the first set.
Clear Falls went on a 3-0 run to begin the night.
A block by Jordan Dortch gave the Knights a 15-8 lead.
Clear Creek used with a 3-0 run to pull to within four points of the Knights before Clear Falls responded with a kill by Johnson.
The Knights went on a 4-2 run to close out the first set.
“We were able to make big defensive adjustments,” Hodges said. “Jenna Metzinger gave us a hard time last time we faced them. But we were able to make adjustments on her tonight.”
The Wildcats began the second set on a much better note, going on a 6-1 run to start the game.
After a kill by Clear Creek, the Knights took a timeout. Clear Falls came out of the timeout with a 3-1 run. A block by the Knights closed their deficit to three.