CLIFTON – Fighting to stay in postseason contention in the second round of District 17-3A competition, the Clifton Lady Cubs were dealt a blow to their hopes as the Keene Lady Chargers avenged their first round loss to Clifton by battling to a four-set win last Friday afternoon at the Clifton High School Gymnasium.
Both teams split the first two sets with Keene taking the first one, 25-17, and the Lady Cubs coming back to win the second one, 25-19. But after the hard-fought third set went to the Lady Chargers, 30-28, Keene put Clifton away in the fourth, 25-23.
“We had too many errors in multiple sets and could never find runs to take on our opponent,” Clifton volleyball’s first-year head coach Paige Poth said. “Our next focus in Maypearl and to remain focused throughout the rest of the second round.”
After the loss dropped Clifton (3-6 in district, 16-18 overall) into sixth place in the eight-team district, the Lady Cubs will hit the road today to take on 21th-ranked Maypearl (7-2, 28-8) at 5 p.m. The Lady Panthers will be coming off a surprising five-set loss to Grandview (4-5, 17-15) last Friday.
In other District 17-3A action today, Class 3A’s fifth-ranked West (8-0, 32-4) plays host to Rio Vista (5-4, 15-14), Waco Harmony Science Academy (0-9), visits Whitney (6-3, 28-12), and Grandview travels to Keene (2-7, 4-19).
Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS
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