Senior night ends with Lady Spartans tied for first
The post-match festivities for Centennial volleyball’s senior night were delayed Tuesday as the Lady Spartans found themselves in a District 9-5A tussle with Joshua.
It took five games but Centennial was able to free itself of the pesky Owls to win 25-22, 27-29, 25-20, 25-21, 15-10.
With the win, Centennial (19-20, 10-2) moved into a tie for first-place with Granbury, which was swept by Cleburne Tuesday night. The Lady Spartans play their next two games on the road against Burleson Friday and Tuesday at Crowley.
At times, junior middle blocker Zassmine Birdwell took over the match. Birdwell’s leaping ability led to easy kills against the Lady Owls
“Zassmine had a great game,” Centennial coach Jessica Ransom said. “Zassmine was just jumping over them, working her angles and putting the ball away.”
With Birdwell drawing double and triple blocks at times, the door was open for senior middle blocker Allison Nolan to register kills.
Even with the play of Birdwell and Nolan, the Lady Spartans struggled at times.
“It was an up-and-down match and we found ourselves with our backs against the wall a couple of times,” Ransom said. “I’m proud that we found a way to work through it and come out on top.”
The Lady Spartans had to overcome adversity when senior outside hitter Makenna Dugan went down with an injury in the fourth game that forced her out of the match. The score was tired 20-20 and the Lady Owls were able to pick up the win and force a deciding fifth game.
“That was tough for all of us and we wanted to finish the match for Kenna,” Ransom said.
Birdwell had four kills in the fifth game to lead the Spartans to the win.
Five seniors, Nolan, Dugan, setter Maddie Skaggs, defensive specialist Carly Worthy and outside hitter Halley Grace, played their final home game Tuesday
“They are a phenomenal group of young women,” Ransom said. “They give it their all. They work their tails off for everything that they have earned. I think that is huge. We are sure going to miss them next year but we still have what I feel is a long ride ahead of us in the rest of district and the playoffs.”