Their quest for a second straight district title is well on it’s way as Melissa finished the first half of district play on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over Princeton. It was the fourth straight win for the Lady Cardinals as they finished the first half of district play a perfect 4-0.
With the win on Tuesday, Melissa clinched a playoff spot.
"Our competition this year has been better as we go through district which will help us as we prepare for the playoffs," coach Whitney Nelson said. "We have been tested in ways that we are not used to but we bounced back against Anna and Bonham. I’m confident that we can finish the season strong and be ready for a solid playoff performance."
The Lady Cardinals will travel to Pilot Point on Friday and begin play at 4:30 pm. They will play at Anna next Tuesday. The overall record for Melissa is now 22-3.
Melissa 3, Princeton 0
Melissa was able to take down Princeton in three games, 25-12, 25-22 and 25-21, but it was a back and fourth battle in the last two games.
The Lady Cardinals went ahead in opener, building an early 5-2 lead and then kills from Whitney Taylor, Madison Rose and Amber Melcher helped Melissa put together a 15-4 run to blow the game open. Princeton scored a few points late but it was not enough to shut down the Lady Cards who went on to win 25-12.
Princeton started strong in the second game, going ahead by two when Rose landed a perfectly placed spike. A kill by Connar Newberry knotted the game at 11 but Princeton answered with a 4-2 run that caused Melissa to call a timeout.
After the break, the Lady Cardinals responded with a 4-1 run to regain the lead and force a Lady Panthers time out. Melissa never trailed from there and went on to get the 25-22 win.
In the final game, a Rose kill tied the game at five and a few plays later Melissa led 13-9 after a Riley Duzenack tip that led Princeton to take a time out. The Cardinals had a six point advantage after a Duzenack tip but Princeton battled back and made it a one point game.
Newberry landed a kill to give Melissa a two point advantage and then was able to take the game with a Taylor kill to give the Lady Cardinals a 25-21 win.
Melissa 3, Bonham 1
Melissa took their show on the road Friday, taking on the Lady Warriors in Bonham. The Lady Cardinals fell in the opening game but finished with three straight wins to take the set.
"Madison Rose dominated the Lady Warriors with career high of 19 kills tonight despite her feeling ill," Nelson said.
Bonham was able to squeak by in the first game, winning 25-23 but that was enough to shake up Melissa. In the second game, Melissa won with ease, dropping Bonham 25-17 and then used the momentum to go ahead 2-1 in the set with a 25-22 win.
The Lady Warriors refused to go down quietly though, extending the fourth game but it was not enough to take down Melissa with a 28-26 win.