• Centennial’s volleyball program honored its senior class before Tuesday’s final home match against Crowley. Shown are front row, from left, Tatum Stanton, Jeanette McGrath, Kara Moretz and Brooke McCory. Back row are Carrisa Pauda, Marissa Thompson, Haley Kimberling and Laken Cash. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

Centennial seniors collect last home win

With a playoff spot already secured Centennial closed out its regular season home slate with a Centennial, 25-15, 25-13, 21-25, 25-13, District 9-5A win Tuesday night over Crowley on senior night.

The Lady Spartans program honored its seven-member senior class before the match. The either seniors are setter Kara Moretz, defensive specialists Jeanette McGrath, Tatum Stanton and Brooke McCory, outside hitter Carrisa Pauda, right-side hitter Haley Kimberling and middle blockers Laken Cash and Marissa Thompson.

Centennial coach Jessica Ransom said she couldn’t have been a dealt a better senior class for her first head coaching assignment.

“I know it was a big transition with a new head coach coming in for their senior year but they have worked hard,” Ransom said. “We’ve done nothing but grow and put things together as the season has gone along. I’m just so proud of them. They are great girls and great volleyball players so I’m glad we could go out at home with a win.”

Heading into its final two district matches, the Lady Spartans (22-16, 10-2) still have their fate in their hands as far as playoff positioning and the district title. Centennial finishes the season playing at co-district leaders Granbury (Friday) and Cleburne (Tuesday).

Ransom was a little disappointed her squad dropped a set to the Lady Eagles but some of that could be chalked up to other factors.

“Obviously (losing a set) that’s not what I wanted but it was an emotional night,” Ransom said. “The loss just meant the seniors got to play more volleyball on their home court.”

Last Friday, the Lady Spartans handed crosstown rival Burleson a 25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 25-20 in a home match. Centennial has a five-game winning streak over the Lady Elks.

“We came out ready to play,” Ransom said. “We took control of the game and did what we needed to do.”

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Centennial’s volleyball program honored its senior class before Tuesday’s final home match against Crowley. Shown are front row, from left, Tatum Stanton, Jeanette McGrath, Kara Moretz and Brooke McCory. Back row are Carrisa Pauda, Marissa Thompson, Haley Kimberling and Laken Cash. BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO