Playoff bound! Lady Jacks defeat Center, clinch third in District 20-3A

RICHARD NELSON

editor@dibollfreepress.com

The Diboll Lady Jacks took care of business Tuesday night, winning their final district match at home against Center, locking up third place in the process.

It took the Lady Jacks five games to defeat Center in the first round of district play, but they did it in four this time around. The Lady Jacks easily won Game 1 (25-9), but fell in Game 2 (14-25). In Game 2, Center went on a nine-point run, courtesy of six Diboll hitting errors and three passing errors.

Diboll narrowly won Game 3 (25-21) before turning it on in Game 4 (25-10).

“We got back into it,” said senior Lexxus Hamilton, playing probably her final volleyball game on her home court (there could be a practice match set up next week).

Kameri Mott got to the service line with Diboll leading 12-10. She served her team to the victory, helped by a heavy dose of Tiffany Simmons-to-Cunningham kills. Cunningham had five kills on the run. After hooking up for an assist and kill at Point 22, Simmons got Point 24 with a dink and Cunningham followed suit for Point 24. A Center hitting error ended the match.

Standouts were:

Hamilton, 1 ace, 13 kills, 15 digs; Shayla Hubbard, 2 aces, 1 kill, 22 assists and 8 digs; Mott 2 aces, 9 kills and 10 digs; Mia Williams 6 kills, 22 digs and 3 blocks; and Tiffany Simmons 2 aces, 1 kill, 14 assists and 10 digs

Diboll will face Fairfield in bi-district during the first week of November. Fairfield easily defeated Diboll in a preseason match, but that was one of Diboll’s first matches after several players left the team for various reasons.

The current Lady Jacks have just two seniors, Hamilton and Shonna Clay, who were recognized for their efforts Tuesday as part of Senior Night.

“We had some good times and some bad times,” Hamilton said of her senior season. “But, we worked through it as a team. We are a different team than when we played them (Fairfield). If we work as a team we can beat them.”