In the tie-breaking match to decide the District 24-4A championship and top seed heading into the playoffs, the host Bellville Brahmanettes swept the Sealy Lady Tigers in the teams’ third meeting this season.
The bi-district round of the playoffs begins Thursday, Oct. 29, where Bellville will square off with the Worthing Colts, fourth-place finishers in District 23, while the Lady Tigers will host the third-seeded North Forest Bulldogs at Sealy High School with a 5:30 p.m. start time. General admission tickets will be available for $5 until a 50% capacity is reached, according to the Sealy athletic department.
After the Brahmanettes took the first regular-season district match at home, the Lady Tigers won their host match in five sets and with both teams finishing their district schedules with 9-1 records, a tie-breaking match was agreed upon by head coaches Susan Brewer of Bellville and Kim Boyd of Sealy to decide the queens of the district.
Bellville, who entered the week ranked 10th in the Class 4A Texas Girls Coaches Association state poll, used the home crowd to its advantage and earned set victories of 25-18, 25-11, 25-9 over ninth-ranked Sealy.
Wednesday morning, the TGCA released updated top-10 rankings heading into the playoffs without tie-breaking matches affecting the teams’ records and both teams moved up a spot with the 23-4 Lady Tigers entering the postseason ranked No. 8 and the 25-3 Brahmanettes ranked No. 9.
Although her team didn’t claim the top seed, Sealy’s Coach Boyd said playing a competitive game leading into the postseason is just what her squad was needing.
“That’s exactly what we wanted. We talked about it before we even had the thought of playoffs that if we were going to make it, we wanted to play a tough team leading up to it, and that’s exactly what we got, so it’s a win either way for us that’s going to prepare us for later,” Boyd said postgame.
The Lady Tigers’ first playoff opponent from Houston ISD posed some scouting challenges with no film accessible to study but Boyd has confidence in her team’s style of play.
“They might not necessarily be volleyball kids, but they are athletic kids,” Boyd said of North Forest. “They weren’t able to be scouted all year, there’s no film on them so it’s hard to expect anything but if you play your best game then that’s all you can ask for and you’ll come out on top so that’s what we’re looking for.”
After playing what they thought was their final home match, the Sealy seniors will get one more contest on their home floor tomorrow night.
“Our lucky seniors, this is the year to have that happen so it’s exciting to be able to host a playoff game for our girls to be able to put on a show for their friends and family one more time,” Boyd said.