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By Grant Lengefeld

 

Hamilton’s Lady Bulldog volleyball team is on a roll, winning nine of their 11 district volleyball matches with just five remaining.

Hamilton’s District 8 is divided into large and small school divisions this season, with Gorman, Evant, Zephyr, Mullin, Lingleville and Gustine battling it out in the small school division and De Leon, Hico and Hamilton competing as the only three large schools in the district.

Though all three of the large schools will enter the playoffs at the end of district competition, playoff seeding has become the all-important issue to be settled.

Gorman appears to have firm control over the smaller school division and has defeated each of the larger schools this season. Gorman is currently the only one-loss team in the district, however an asterisk can note that Hamilton’s junior varsity black team defeated Gorman’s varsity last week in a non-sanctioned match.

The varsity Lady Bulldogs’ only other defeat in district competition this season was a close loss to Hico at home back in September.

On Tuesday of last week, Hamilton faced the challenge of traveling to Hico in desperate need of a win to keep the Lady Tigers from walking off with the large school division title.

For Hamilton’s seniors, it too posed the final opportunity to clear a hurdle that had tripped them up for the entirety of their high school playing days.

After handily controlling the first game 25-18, Hico appeared ready to force a travailing fall once again by the Lady Bulldogs.

Instead, Hico was met in the second game by a resilient and persistent Hamilton squad that fought for a 25-23 win followed by a game-three 25-21 victory.

In the fourth and what proved to be the final game, Hico commanded a 24-23 lead over Hamilton before the Lady Bulldogs erupted for a 27-25 upset victory to take the match.

An ecstatic coach Maury Heers said after the match, “I could not feel more pride for our girls than I do right now. The chemistry the girls shared on the court was amazing, and we fought for every point.”

She added, “We were down 24-23 in the final game, and the girls battled an extremely talented Hico team on the road for the win.”

Hamilton followed up their emotional victory over Hico by downing Evant at home in three swift games last Saturday at home.

If Hamilton and Hico both avoid stumbling in their final matches with De Leon over the next couple of weeks, Heers explained that an additional match between Hamilton and Hico will be scheduled to decide who will be the first and second place representatives from District 8 in the playoffs.

The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to travel to De Leon Tuesday and will return home to host Zephyr Friday at 4:30 p.m.   

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