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ET Volleyball: Top-ranked Beckville knocked out of playoffs again by Callisburg

By Hayden Henry
Nov. 11, 2017 at 10:50 p.m.


MIDLOTHIAN — Beckville had a plan of attack in a return trip to the regional final on Saturday.

Callisburg, however, had an answer each step of the way in the fifth-round rematch from a year ago.

Behind a 10-plus kill night from three different players, Callisburg ended Beckville's season for the second-straight season with a sweep (25-19, 25-18, 25-21) in the Class 3A, Region II final at Midlothian High School to return to the state tournament.

The loss was the one and only of the season for Beckville, ranked No. 1 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll. Callisburg, ranked second, moves on to the final four for the second-straight season after taking down Beckville in five sets a year ago in the same round.

"We came in prepared to take care of a few of their strengths and I think we did that," Beckville head coach Cherry Downs said. "But once we shut those things down, they adjusted. We did too but we were just a step behind."

The matchup of the two top teams in Class 3A lived up to the billing. Outside of the early part of the opening set, there weren't many unforced errors either way. Instead, both sides came out swinging.

As was the case through 41-straight wins, Beckville brought an all-hands-on-deck approach with junior Jordan Tondreau leading the charge offensively with 12 kills. Senior Hannah Humphries followed with nine kills junior Payton Jones added five and senior Riley Seegers added three for Beckville.

Junior Kinley Pepper finished with 31 assists and Miranda Mize had three blocks.

Defensively, junior libero Courtlyn Nail had 17 digs and Jones finished with 18.

For Callisburg, Skylar Allen led a trio in double digits with 14 kills while Macie Satterwhite and Savanah Hott added 11, all coming from an 30-assist night from Lindsey Bullard.

After a 13-13 tie in the first set, Callisburg closed on a 12-6 run with all of points outside of five coming off unforced errors for a 25-19 win.

Beckville led 10-7 in the second before an 8-0 run put Callisburg on top, 15-10. The rest of the way, Callisburg had an answer in a 25-18 win and 2-0 lead.

Tondreau had seven of her kills in the third set as Beckville pulled from down four points early to a two-point deficit at 13-15, 16-18, 18-20 and 20-22. Allen, a junior, had four kills down the stretch to keep Beckville's comeback attempt at bay for the 25-21, match-deciding win.

Callisburg is joined by Boyd, East Bernard and Goliad in the 3A state tournament, which begins Thursday in Garland.

Beckville, making the trip to the regional tournament for the sixth-straight year and the regional final for the third-straight year on Saturday, graduates four seniors off its roster.

"The girls played hard and kept fighting but this is not the outcome we expected today," Downs said. "We'll have several back and that is a good thing.

"We obviously have a tradition of making it to the regional tournament. Our goal every year is to make it past this point and it proves to be a struggle every year. But we'll go back to the drawing board and we'll keep working to overcome that."

(Follow Hayden Henry on Twitter: @hayden_h)

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