ROBINSON – Bishop Lynch got quite the fight last weekend during the TAPPS 6A Regional Playoff round, but in the end, the top-ranked Lady Friars (36-4) were able to put away John Paul II in four and punch a ticket to this weekend's state tournament.
The Lady Friars opened the match by cruising to a 25-16 win in the opening set, but met heavy resistance in the second despite winning 27-25, then fell by the same score in the third. Lynch's experience and talent proved too much for the Cardinals and the Lady Friars put away their district foe with a 25-18 win in the fourth set.
The Lady Friars attacked the net well with five players notching at least nine kills in the match. Lauryn Green led the way with 15, Izzy Clavenna put down 11, Elizabeth Moreland and Chelsea O'Donnell each added 10 and Madi Tyus had nine.
Clavenna, Green and O'Donnell had three blocks each on the defensive side and got a ton of support from Hannah Osborn (15 digs), Alex Galicia (12 digs), Audrey May (10 digs) and Tyus (10 digs). Galicia (29) and May (28) combined to set up 57 assists.
The win sends the Lady Friars to West High School for the state semifinals on Friday and a rematch of last year's semifinal round against second-ranked Antonian (33-8). Last year the Lady Friars swept Antonian out of the Final Four on the way to the final. Antonian swept a tough St. Agnes squad last weekend in the regional round.
Prestonwood Christian and Concordia Lutheran will meet in the other semifinal. Prestonwood overcame a 2-0 deficit against Ursuline to win three straight and make it to state where they'll face the defending state champions. Concordia swept Parish Episcopal in Robinson.
Once again the state tournament can be streamed exclusively on the NFHS Network (pay site). Just visit NFHS Network to login or open an account and watch live.
Tickets to the event are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting TIK-A-TAP.
TAPPS 6A Regional Playoffs
(3) Concordia Lutheran def. (7) Parish Episcopal, 3-0
(8) Prestonwood Christian def. (4) Ursuline Academy, 3-2
(2) Antonian Prep def. (6) Houston St. Agnes, 3-0
(1) Bishop Lynch def. (5) John Paul II, 3-1
TAPPS 6A State Semifinals – Friday, Nov. 10 @ West HS
(1) Bishop Lynch vs. (2) Antonian Prep, 5:30 pm
(3) Concordia Lutheran vs. (8) Prestonwood, 8 pm
TAPPS 6A State Championship – Saturday, Nov. 11 @ West HS
Lynch-Antonian winner vs. Concordia-PCA winner, 3 pm