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13. (22) Dripping Springs (Texas), 29-2
Dripping Springs has won 22 straight.
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22. Dripping Springs (Texas)
Division: 5A (second largest in Texas)
2014 Finish: 45-7 (state 5A runner up, lost 3-0 to Lovejoy in finals)
Head Coach: Michael Kane
Morgyn Greer (Florida): She put up big numbers last year (4.7 kills, 1609 attempts) in earning 5A All-State, Austin American Player of Year and District 25-5A MVP honors. The 6-3 standout is a member of the USA Youth National Team.
Autumn Rounsaville (Texas): She had 709 digs with 726 serve receptions, and was named District 25-5A Defensive MVP and 5A All-State.
Ashley Waggle: She had 430 kills, a 56.1 pct., a team-high 90 blocks and was first team District 25-5A and 5A All-State. Following the state title loss to Lovejoy, the 6-foot Waggle said, "After we lost here last year (2013), we decided to work really, really hard to make it back and have the possibility of winning. After going from third place to second place this year, we're going to work 10 times harder to make it back again."
Other Returnees: Madison Green (setter with 1,178 assists, 367 digs, 56 aces and a 96 pct. serving), Alissa Johnson (73 aces, 308 digs, 617 serve rec. and first team District 25-5A), Judianne Schoenborn, Carlie Schmidl(2nd Team District 25-5A), and Reagan Kilgore (2nd team District 25-5A).
2015 Outlook: With a trio of returning all-staters (Greer, Rounsaville and Waggle) and five other returning regulars, a state title is a reasonable goal. It should be fun when Lovejoy's Sarah Langs goes up against Greer. They were members of the 2014 USA Youth Girls National Team.
2015 Toughest Opponent: Lovejoy can match up with the Tigers, and recent history will make these spotlight matches.
Key Losses: Claire Gravell, the lone senior on 2014 team.
Notable: Kane's team has won 124 matches in the last three seasons.
Coach's Comments: Following the state title game defeat in 2014, Kane was quoted in the Austin Statesman: "This is a special group of kids, and I've enjoyed every second of being their coach. It's going to take time to digest this loss because we had high expectations. But there is no doubt in my mind that they'll pick themselves off the floor and rally back."
Dripping Springs Athletic Booster CLUB
by Moses Leos III
The third time was finally the charm in the Dripping Springs Tigers quest for an elusive state title.
An emphatic final point scored by sophomore Graceyn Tippens allowed Dripping Springs to exact revenge and claim the UIL Class 5A state championship via a 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12 victory over the Lucas Lovejoy Leopards Saturday at the Curtis Culwell Center.
With the win, Dripping Springs brings home the school's first volleyball championship since 1994. It’s also the Tigers’ first title in three straight trips to the UIL state tournament.
Tiger senior Morgyn Greer, in her final performance as a Tiger, saved her best for last. Greer tallied 27 kills and 12 digs en route to winning the Class 5A championship game most valuable player award.
Tippens finished with 13 kills, while senior Madison Green had eight. Three Tigers finished in double figures for digs, with senior Alissa Johnson leading the way with 21.
Lovejoy hit the ground running in the first set, immediately jumping out to a 7-2 lead, which forced the Tigers to take a timeout.
Dripping Springs worked to get back into the set, using Greer, senior Ashley Waggle and senior Carlie Schmidl to bypass a formidable Lovejoy block.
But Lovejoy’s ability to recover defensively allowed them to stay a step ahead of Dripping Springs.
The Tigers caught up within two at 18-16, but couldn’t hold off Lovejoy’s offense, led by Emily Deschenes.
Kane said he worked to prepare the team for whatever happened early in the match, but he added that dropping the first set “wasn’t what we scripted.”
“We prepared them no matter what,” he said. “We weren’t going to stop fighting.”
Lovejoy continued to hold momentum into the second set, as they held the lead despite several Dripping springs rallies.
The Tigers continued to battle, trading points and leads with Lovejoy in a fluid second set. The set featured seven ties and five lead changes.
But Lovejoy rallied to take a 19-17 advantage, as the Tigers were out of sync, and seemingly out of momentum.
Enter a tenacious Tiger defense, which held off Lovejoy’s offense, which allowed the Tigers to outscore the Leopards 8-1 to close the set.
Tiger head coach Michael Kane said that eight point run was a “pivotal point in the match.”
“We got some good breaks and had a good defensive effort, which set the tone for the rest of the match,” Kane said.
The momentum held into the third set, but Dripping Springs worked to best a Leopard defense that found a way to dig nearly every attack the Tiger offense sent their way.
Lovejoy’s Lexi Smith had 21 digs, while Jordan Fate had 12.
But for Waggle and the eight other seniors, the continued effort to swing away pushed them forward.
“Since it was our senior year, we treated every point like it was our last,” she said.
Tied a 22-22, Dripping Springs outscored Lovejoy 3-1 to win the set.
Lovejoy, however, didn’t back down, rallying back from a 7-4 deficit to force a fifth and deciding set.
For Kane, who rallied his team in the huddle, taking things one point at a time – the mantra they’ve held all year – was priority.
But the larger focus was minimizing errors which had plagued the Tigers at times during the match.
“In a game to 15, it’s about who makes the errors, and I felt like we minimized those,” he said.
Dripping Springs did just that, focusing on getting the ball to Greer, who slammed down a kill to give the Tigers an 8-3 lead.
“We relied heavily on these kids’ tenacious mentality and belief in each other. That’s been our mantra all year,” Kane said. “No one cared about who was getting points…it’s all about the team and we showed that in the fifth set.”
Despite a late Lovejoy rally to pull within three at 13-10, Dripping Springs held them off to clinch the title.
For senior Autumn Rounsaville, defeating Lovejoy, the squad which ended their title hopes in the 2014 title match, was special, yet bittersweet.
“We’ve been wanting to beat them for a long time. And just coming out there and being able to actually do it was so surreal,” Rounsaville said. “But it’s also a bittersweet moment. It was sweet to beat this team, but bitter because this is (the seniors) last time playing together.” Type your paragraph here.