Tiger volleyball sweeps Navarro, now 10-0 in district

The Dripping Springs Tiger volleyball team cruised to a 25-4, 25-9, 25-8 sweep over the Juan Navarro Lady Vikings Oct. 15, improving its record to 35-10 overall and 10-0 in 25-5A.

“I thought every contact we made today was purposeful and was made with great execution,” Tigers head coach Michael Kane said. “I’m really pleased with the outcome, but more so of the contact on our side of the net.”

The Tigers asserted their dominance early and often as they outplayed Navarro with strong serving and outside hitting through all three sets. Dripping Springs had 25 total aces for the game, compared to only one from Navarro. The Tigers also had 37 kills as a team while the Vikings just had two, which both came in the final set.

Sophomore Madi Lund led all Tigers with nine kills, while senior Mackenzie Murray and sophomore Annabelle Crowder contributed eight kills each. Senior Avery Kalsu led the team in aces with seven, and also had 18 assists across two sets.

“Madi Lund has been phenomenal for district, we’ve been focusing on trying to work the middle as much as possible,” Kane said. “Tonight, I also thought Mackenzie Murray, who had eight kills, more importantly eight kills on eight great contacts. Every ball that was set to her she put it down.”

Not only was the win over the Lady Vikings big for remaining undefeated and in first place in district, but it was also a good opportunity for the entire Tiger roster to obtain experience before they begin their playoff run.

“I thought our backups, even our kids behind the starters, I thought they did a great job of being equally as focused and purposeful between contacts,” said Kane. “Across the board I thought we were really, really good tonight.”

Kane named senior Brynne Potter, junior c, sophomore Clara Martin, freshman Karley Sledge and junior back-up setter Morgan Van de Walle were key players coming off the bench that are important to the Tigers success moving forward and into playoff season.

Dripping Springs has four district games remaining in the regular season, with three games coming against teams in the top half of the standings.

Dripping Springs closed its regular season home schedule Tuesday against Lockhart. Playoff information has not yet been determined.

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