Dorothy Swanson, Rebecca Green Spark No. 7 White Oak’s Sweep of Rival New Diana
WHITE OAK -- The seventh-ranked White Oak Ladynecks swept No. 15 New Diana, 25-10, 25-16, 25-12, Tuesday night that kicked off the second round of district play in 17-2A.
The win kept White Oak (29-4, 8-0) perfect in district play.
"I thought both sides of the net raised their intensity tonight," White Oak coach Carolee Musick said. "We've been district rivals, finishing first-second the last several years. You could tell (New Diana) really wanted to beat us, and they could tell we really wanted to beat them."
White Oak dominated the net with seniors Dorothy Swanson and Rebecca Green. Swanson finished with 15 kills, six blocks and six digs, while Green added eight kills and seven blocks. Setter Morgan Baldwin led the Ladynecks with 20 assists to go with three kills and four digs.
"I don't just want to go back to state, I want to win," said Swanson, who returned to action for the first time since an injury two weeks ago.
New Diana's Courtney Rodgers had 10 digs, nine kills and one block, while Cheyenne Spell contributed 14 digs, five kills and three assists. Madison Sampson chipped in with 10 digs and eight assists for the Lady Eagles.
"The White Oak gym is hard to win in," New Diana coach Lisa Rockhill said. "It kind of stinks that we're in the same district, but it sure does make our district a good place to be. One thing I told our girls, 'you're not going to play anybody any better this season.'"
New Diana faces Waskom Friday, while White Oak plays at Tatum on Saturday.