VAN -- The Emory Rains Ladycats clinched the District 13-4A championship with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-11 sweep of Van on Tuesday in the regular-season finale for both teams.

McKenna Hildebrandt led Rains (26-13, 7-3) with 13 kills and 11 blocks. Shelbi Sheppard added 10 kills, three blocks, 19 assists, one ace, and 12 digs, Summer Nerkowski had eight kills and 14 digs, Aubrey Gowin provided three blocks, Vivian Bradshaw racked up 15 assists, and Elissa Elliott chipped in with 19 digs.

Rains will await the fourth-place finisher from 14-4A in the bi-district round of the playoffs next Monday or Tuesday.


Gary Captures District Title

GARY -- Gary wrapped up the District 20-2A championship with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-14 sweep of Overton in both team's regular-season finale Tuesday night.

Leann Youngblood paced Gary (23-10, 11-1) with 30 kills, three aces, and 18 digs. Madie Davis added eight kills, a block, two aces, and 14 digs, Briley Edwards had eight kills and two blocks, Sarah Yarborough finished with four kills and eight digs, Taylor Rodgers registered 36 assists, an ace, and 15 digs, while Gracie Johnson had one ace and seven digs.

Gary will begin the volleyball playoffs next Monday or Tuesday.


Carlisle Finishes Strong

PRICE -- The Carlisle Lady Indians ended the regular season with a 25-17, 25-18, 25-15 sweep of Longview East Texas Christian School on Tuesday.

Carlisle (26-14) was led by Heather Craig, who finished with 12 kills and three aces. Aubrey Hart added six kills and five blocks, Camdyn Gray had four kills and four aces, while Jailin Kee racked up 19 assists.

Carlisle will meet an undetermined opponent in the bi-district round of the 2A volleyball playoffs next Monday or Tuesday.

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