Doc Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Lady Guard volleyball team of Brook Hill celebrated their three seniors' final regular-season game at Herrington Sports Complex by leveling McKinney Christian Academy, 3-1,in TAPPS 4-3A play Thursday night.
The Brook Hill victory enabled the Lady Guard to avenge their only district lost, which came last month to the Lady Mustangs, which entered play Thursday with a spotless conference slate.
Dropping a first round matchup against McKinney Christian last month, the Lady Guard came out smoking-hot and celebrated a 3-1 win, claiming a part of the first-place race with two games remaining for Brook Hill.
Lily Cool, Hayden Langemeier and Desarae Rowan were the Brook Hill seniors that were in the spotlight and were honored in a post-match ceremony that involved their respective families.
Brook Hill head coach Joanna Rathbun said Thursday's win was a total team effort, however.
“The ladies stepped on to the court with a lot of confidence, and as a team we took it to them,” said Rathbun after the win. “The first two games we controlled the tempo and we played so well as a team, and it all clicked for us.
“I was really proud also because I felt like this was the first time I felt like the team really trusted each other, and it was a great team win for us.”
Brook Hill took control in the first two games winning 25-17 and 25-21. The Lady Mustangs battled back to take a 16-25 win before the Lady Guard hustled and bumped to a deciding 25-15 game-winner.
The last point of the match was much like the game. A diving dig by sophomore, Morgan Moss, followed by Charlie Niles with the bump assist, and junior Samantha Anderson slamming down another kill, and a share of the top spot.
Anderson had a huge game on the frontline with 17 kills, and six blocks. Niles, chimed in with nine kills, two blocks, six assists and nine digs. Junior, Lindsey Wheeler had 13 assists, and Moss finished up with 10 digs, and nine assists.
Senior, Desarae Rowan had a big fourth, and final game with a six-point service run leading to a 14-8, Lady Guard lead after four previous ties in the finale.
Hayden Langemeier, made her last regular season appearance memorable adding in nine digs, six assists, and a big service run in the game two win.
Brook Hill (8-1), will travel to Dallas to play the new district opponent, Yavneh Academy on Tuesday at 6 p.m.