Clear Springs was unable to keep up with Pearland Dawson’s offensive attack and absorbed a 25-19, 25-18, 12-25, 25-17 setback in Monday’s Region III-6A bi-district playoff contest at Phillips Field House.
The District 23-6A champion Eagles advance to the area round to take on the winner of Beaumont Westbrook and Goose Creek Memorial.
Clear Springs was able to hold its own against Dawson for much of the match. It was the sporadic lulls that hurt the Chargers and changed the complexion of the match.
Tied at 19-19 in the opening set, the Eagles took advantage of three unforced errors by the Chargers to roll off the final six points.
It was much the same story late in set four.
Clear Springs pulled within 16-14 before yielding four aces as Dawson scored nine of the last 12 points.
“We didn’t play that bad of a match,” Clear Spring coach Shannon McClellen said. “We had times where we made a lot of unforced errors. When you are playing a good team like Dawson, you can’t give them points.”
Dawson’s strong point was its ability to rely on a multitude of different players to score points.
While Kynnedi Johnson led the way with 13 kills, the Eagles got points from 11 different players.
Aliyah McDonald, Katelynn Tripp and Hayleigh Moreno combined for 22 kills.
“We don’t put pressure on any one player,” Dawson coach Jason Karim said. “We trust our defense. We have six players go for the ball.”
Clear Springs fed off the offensive tandem of Shyia Richardson and Avery Doubenmier, who combined for 19 kills.
Hayley Moses sparked the Chargers off the bench in the last three sets and finished with seven kills.
Kenadee Poye also finished with seven kills.
Down two sets to none, Clear Springs put together its best run of the night in the third.
The Chargers broke an 8-8 tie with nine unanswered points, finishing on a 17-3 run.
“We have a lot of fight,” McClellen said. “We came out of a tough district where we have been down like that. We weren’t going to give in.”
Dawson showed its resolve in the final set, taking an early lead and refusing to allow Clear Springs to crawl back into contention.
“We focused too much on ourselves and fell into a run,” Karim said of the third set. “We usually don’t do that. But they found a way to put that behind them. They had to trust each other.”