Friars set to open postseason on home floor

(From left) Sydney Broussard, Izzy Clavenna, Alex Galicia, Katie Blomberg, and Lauryn Green celebrate a play by Harlan Miller (13) during Thursday's win over rival Ursuline. (Photo by Preston Patton)
(From left) Sydney Broussard, Izzy Clavenna, Alex Galicia, Katie Blomberg, and Lauryn Green celebrate a play by Harlan Miller (13) during Thursday's win over rival Ursuline. (Photo by Preston Patton)

Needing a win in their regular season finale to clinch a home playoff game, the Bishop Lynch Friars took care of business Thursday, besting rival Ursuline to secure the district's second seed and a home date in the opening round of the postseason.

The Friars (26-11) will begin postseason play Oct. 30 at home against Midland Christian (22-12) at 6:00 pm. MCS finished third in their district, behind Liberty Christian and Trinity Christian.

The game can be seen live on the Friars' NFHS Network channel (https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/bishop-lynch-high-school-dallas-tx) and advance tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, the school's official ticketing partner (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bishop-lynch-vs-midland-christian-volleyball-playoff-game-tickets-51713823438).

The Friars topped Ursuline in four sets, 25-21, 25-19, 22-25 and 25-13. Izzy Clavenna and Lauryn Green each had 16 kills, Harper McDonald had 9 and Katie Blomberg added 8. 

Green added 6 blocks defensively, with Clavenna totaling 4. Sydney Broussard led the team with 19 digs and Alex Galicia set 24 assists. Izzy Aguilar added 17.

The ladies prepped for their playoff match with a warmup contest Tuesday at home against Arlington Grace Prep (39-5-1). For the second time this season, Bishop Lynch earned a win against the Lions, with scores of 16-25, 25-20, 25-16, 16-25 and 15-12.

Clavenna recorded the first 20 kill-20 dig performance of her career and Blomberg added a career-high 16 kills. Green had 6 blocks, Liberty Buckholt added 6 blocks and Emma Cuneo had a career-best 12 blocks.

Broussard set a career-high with 31 digs and Elizabeth Edwards also set a new career mark with 18 assists. Galicia led with 29 assists, matching her best total of the season.