Mickey Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress
LINDALE — Troup proved to be a significant hurdle for White Oak to get past as the Ladynecks continue to work towards a fifth-straight appearance at the UIL Class 2A state volleyball tournament.
After five hard-fought matches at Lindale High School's Eagle Gymnasium Tuesday evening, White Oak (33-9; 14-0), who lost the first and fourth games but rallied back to take a 3-2 win by scores of 26-28, 25-19, 25-21, 16-25, and 15-8, was able to punch its ticket into the regional tournament in Longview this weekend.
The Lady Tigers of Troup (27-14; 14-0) started off strong and won the first set where Josee Ross collected six of her team-high 19 kills kills in the match.
Troup led throughout the first match until the Ladynecks fought back for ties at 22, 24, 25, and 26 before Caitlyn Vickers slammed down the final kill of the opener and a thrilling 28-26, Troup win.
White Oak shook off the opening setback to came back with a 25-19 win in game two. Troup committed eight unforced errors and White Oak’s, Kayla McCoy and Taylor Tramel stepped up on the frontline for the win with two kills, and a service ace each.
In Game 2 Troup aided the loss with nine unforced errors. Madison Pecot and Rebecca Green bolstered the Ladynecks attack in the second game with three kills apiece, and one big block by Green to make it a 19-14, White Oak advantage. Kailee Simmons backed that with a service ace and four service errors by Troup.
The third game was highlighted with six ties and five lead changes before Jade Owens at service put the game away for White Oak. Tramel made a kill for a 23-21 lead that was all the Lady Tigers could muster in the one game loss, but a 2-1 deficit.
Lady Tiger, Ross took over in game four for Troup as they rattled off a 25-16, win to force a fifth and deciding game.
Teammate Carly Dyess came up big at service and on the front line for Troup banging out two aces, and added two kills in the game and serving out five-points in the win.
Ross finished up the game with 19 kills, 27 digs, and two service aces. Cheney Cover blasted down 16 slams and was key on the back line as well with 34 digs.
Bethany Mason also added 32 digs for the Lady Tigers.
Dyess set the Tigers offense with 42 assists in the season finale.
White Oak got a huge game from Rebecca Green with 13 kills and five blocks. Audrey Lundstedt added in 10 kills, while Cayman Sutton chipped in with 34 assists and 14 digs.
Kayla McCoy set the Lady Roughnecks with 34 assists.
Troup ends the season with a 27-14 record and went undefeated in district play at 12-0.