• Centennial senior Kara Moretz saves a ball during a match earlier this season. The Lady Spartans lost to Mansfield Lake Ridge Tuesday night in a first-round playoff match. BURLESON STAR/CHRIS JASO

Lady Spartans swept out of playoffs

ALVARADO - Try as they might Tuesday night, Centennial’s Lady Spartans volleyball team couldn’t find a way to consistently get good swings against Mansfield Lake Ridge in a Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff match at Alvarado Middle School.

The Lady Eagles, the second-place team from District 10-5A, proved too much for the Centennial as the Lady Spartans saw their season come to the end after a 25-16, 25-8, 25-11 loss.

The main problem for the Lady Spartans (22-19) was they couldn’t put up a viable offense against Lake Ridge (33-14). When Centennial was able to get the ball in position for an attack Lady Eagles’ junior middle blocker Capri Davis was in the way for the block.

Davis and her teammates caused problems for the Lady Spartans’ offense all night.

“Our passing game just wasn’t there tonight,” Centennial coach Jessica Ransom said. “We were getting great touches on their big hitters. But we couldn’t get good consistent passes. Then when we did get good passes we couldn’t hit around their block. It was just a rough night.”

The night was the final one for Centennial’s eight seniors. Playing their final game as Lady Spartans were middle blockers Laken Cash and Marissa Thompson, outside hitter Carisa Pauda, right-side hitter Haley Kimberling, setter Kara Moretz, libero Jeanette McGrath and defensive specialista Brooke McCrory and Tatum Stanton.

The senior class played a major role in leading Centennial to its sixth consecutive playoff appearance and 10-4 record in District 9-5A and a third-place finish. The Lady Spartans have never missed the This was Ransom’s first stint as a head coach and she admitted the season had its ups and downs.

“We had some really good moment but it was kind of a roller coaster ride,” Ransom said. “Once we worked some kinks out we did some good things in district. We just have work on doing good things consistently and not just here and there.” playoffs since the school began varsity play.

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Centennial senior Kara Moretz saves a ball during a match earlier this season. The Lady Spartans lost to Mansfield Lake Ridge Tuesday night in a first-round playoff match. BURLESON STAR/CHRIS JASO