Lady Riders advance to volleyball playoffs; fall to Fairfield

JACKSONVILLE — Fairfield's formidable attack spurred the Lady Eagles to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-16) triumph over Center in a Class 4A, Region III, Bi-district match played Monday night at the John Alexander Gymnasium in Jacksonville.

Fairfield (28-11), the District 19-4A champions, advances to play China Spring in an Area clash Thursday (time to be announced) at Blooming Grove High School. China Spring claimed a three-set win over Waxahachie Life on Monday.

The Lady Riders, the fourth-place team from District 20-4A, played with energy and battled throughout match.

After the Lady Eagles had gone up by seven points in the opening set, Center rallied to cut the Fairfield lead to 14-11.

Fairfield then went on a 5-0 run to regain command of the game.

Once again, the Lady Riders battled back and closed the margin to within five points, 22-17, late in the first set.

The Lady Eagles went on to win the set, getting a cross-court kill from Breyunna Dowell, who ended the night with five kills and two blocks, and taking advantaged of two consecutive double-hit calls against Center.

The second game was dominated by Fairfield.

Center led at one point, 3-2, following a spike by Jakayla Parks, who finished with a team-high five kills.

A 7-0 run that made the score 15-3 in favor of Fairfield propelled the Lady Eagles to the set win.

Abilene Christian University (NCAA, Division I) commit Braden Bossier swatted down two of her match-high 12 kills during the progression.

Game 3 was much more competitive.

Following a Beyonce Bell spike, the Lady Riders led 2-1.

The Lady Eagles moved ahead shortly thereafter, but Center kept things close and tied the game at 9, following a service ace by Kalei LaRock.

Fairfield found its groove and scored the next seven points to move ahead 17-9 en route to the win in what was the decisive set.

Kendal Crawford had eight assists and one kill for the Lady Eagles, while Rebecca Dunlap accounted for three digs and three aces.

Jasmine Cooks and Alex Patton tallied four kills each for the Lady Riders.