• Centennial’s Maddie Skaggs puts up a set during the Lady Spartans District 9-5A win over Crowley Friday night. BURLESON STAR/MICHELLE PARSONS

Lady Spartans stay in first place

With a District 9-5A showdown at Cleburne looming on the horizon, Centennial’s volleyball team took care of business Tuesday night winning at Everman, 25-22, 25-12, 25-18.

The win kept the Lady Spartans (16-9, 7-1) in a tie for first-place with Cleburne and Granbury. Centennial plays at Cleburne at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

“Anytime we play at Cleburne it is going to be a tough match,” Centennial coach Jessica Ransom said.

Tuesday night, the Lady Spartans game plan revolved around keeping the Lady Bulldogs out of the system. The hope was to deny Everman’s 6-foot-2 middle blocker Afedo Manyang as many offensive opportunities as possible.

“She got a couple of good swings but we were able to block her a few times,” Ransom said. “We kept them out of system enough where it was even hard to get her into the offense. I was happy with that part of our game because part of our game plan was keeping them out of system.”

Senior middle blocker/right side hitter Allison Nolan led the Lady Spartans in kills and sophomore libero Casey Hendrickson was on top of her game Tuesday.

“Allison (Nolan) had a ton of kills at the net and Casey (Hendrixson) was digging balls left and right,” Ransom said. “Casey dug a couple of hits from their big hitter.”

Friday night behind the hitter of Nolan and junior right side hitter Lauren Foster, Centennial topped Crowley, 25-11, 25-13, 25-21, at home.

“I was really happy with our win on Friday,” Ransom said. “We took control from the first point and we never let up. That’s something we’ve been working on having fewer peaks and valleys. There weren’t as many valleys on Friday.”

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Centennial’s Maddie Skaggs puts up a set during the Lady Spartans District 9-5A win over Crowley Friday night. BURLESON STAR/MICHELLE PARSONS