Not even 17 kills from Dripping Springs sophomore Mackenzie Plante kept the Dripping Springs Tigers Friday from succumbing to the Alamo Heights Mules in five grueling sets at Tiger Gym.
The contest between the two powerhouse programs, now district foes, was their first meeting since they battled for the Region IV, 5A crown in November 2019, which was won by Alamo Heights.
Dripping Springs (7-3, 3-2), ranked No. 9 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 5A state poll, claimed a 25-23 victory in the third frame, which gave the Tigers a 2-1 match advantage. But Alamo Heights won set four and carried momentum to capture the fifth set and the match.
Backing up Plante was Tiger junior Madi Lund’s 11 kills, while senior Morgan Van de Walle finished with 33 total assists. Tiger senior Nicole Herbert led the team with 16 digs while the Tigers collected 13 total blocks in the match.
Despite the defeat, Dripping Springs sandwiched its loss to Alamo Heights with a pair of critical district wins. Dripping Springs swept Boerne Champion Oct. 2, then swept San Antonio Veterans Memorial on Oct. 10.
Dripping Springs travels to play at Sequin Oct. 16, then hosts Kerrvile Tivy Oct. 20.