Brownwood suffers 25-13, 25-7, 25-10 defeat in second round

DUBLIN — The No. 2 Glen Rose Lady Tigers proved to be as good as advertised as Thursday night they ended the Brownwood Lady Lions’ season in the Region I-4A area round of the state volleyball playoffs for the second year in a row.

The Lady Lions, coming off a four-set victory over Vernon Monday for their second consecutive bi-district championship, were downed by Glen Rose, 25-13, 25-7, 25-10 at Dublin High School’s Roy and Lynn Neff Gymnasium.

Glen Rose improved to 45-1 on the season with the victory, while Brownwood’s campaign ended with a 15-21 overall record.

Despite the loss, Brownwood second-year head coach Julie Kennedy said she was happy to see the Lady Lions battle through adversity throughout the season and return to the second round of the playoffs.

“I’m very proud of the girls and the season we had,” Kennedy said. “These girls overcame obstacle after obstacle that was thrown at them. We had some big wins over Graham, Granbury and Abilene High. I could not be more proud of the job they have done this season.”

Against Glen Rose, Brownwood finished with just 15 kills as 10 belonged to Torrey Miller, while Mikaela Smith recorded three and Cheyenne Stroope and Ashlynn Patteson contributed one apiece.

Hadley Monroe distributed seven assists while Davalynn Monroe dished out six.

Stroope and Smith served the Lady Lions’ two aces.

On the defensive end, Patteson’s seven digs led the squad trailed by five from Miller, four each from Hadley Monroe, Davalynn Monroe and Annie Gillispie and two from Caitlyn Moody.

Stroope and Davalynn Monroe were credited with Brownwood’s two blocks.

The Lady Lions hung around early in the opening set against Glen Rose, and appeared to pull even at 8 on a high spike by the Lady Tigers. But the officials ruled that the ball grazed the fingertips of a Lady Lion before landing out of bounds and, despite being heavily-contested, the point was awarded to the Lady Tigers.

What could have been a tie score suddenly turned into a massive momentum-swing for Glen Rose, which tallied 12 of the next 13 points to quickly open a 19-8 advantage.

Brownwood’s first lead of the night came early in the second set, as an ace by Stroope gave the Lady Lions a 2-1 advantage. Trailing 5-4, Brownwood fell victim to another Glen Rose spurt as the Lady Tigers quickly established a 15-5 advantage with 10 of the next 11 points.

In the third and final set, the Lady Lions trailed just 8-6 following a lift call against the Lay Tigers. But Glen Rose wasted little time rebounding and opened a 15-6 edge behind seven consecutive points.

A kill by Miller and an ace from Smith allowed Brownwood to creep with seven points, 15-8, but the Lady Lions got no closer. Glen Rose finished the match with 10 of the final 12 points to complete the sweep.