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History-Making Volleyball Season Ends at Regional Quarterfinals, Many Earn All-District Honors, Three Seniors Sign to Play in College

By Bianca George & Angie Corbeil, 11/14/22, 10:00PM CST

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REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS

Varsity entered Monday’s third round playoff match against Cinco Ranch (27-12) riding a 17-match win streak and looking to earn a berth in the Regional Semifinals.

The Spartans came out with a bit of nerves, yielding a lead in the first set that they ate away at but couldn’t quite overcome. Stratford dropped the first set 25-20. In the next set, Varsity built up a lead only to watch Cinco Ranch sneak back in and overtake them and take the second set 25-20. The third set saw yet another Spartan lead bringing them tantalizingly close to taking the set, only to have Cinco Ranch come back yet again late to close out the match 25-23.

The loss was a crusher, ending Stratford's season at 34 wins and 12 losses. However, there were many great team milestones this year, including:

  • First District title since 2012.
  • First undefeated District season since 2008.
  • Back to Back Bi-District titles.
  • The first Area championship since 2010.

 

SIGNING DAY

Wednesday was Signing Day for several Stratford athletes, and Volleyball was blessed to have 3 of its seniors sign letters of intent. Setter Nina Terry signed with Maryville University. Middle blocker Sharlotte McClintock signed her LOI with West Texas A&M. Libero Olivia Abbott signed with University of the Incarnate Word. It was a joyous ceremony made even more special by their teammates joining in the celebration.

ALL-DISTRICT HONORS

All-District honors were announced on Thursday, and Stratford cleaned up. Skylar George was named Most Valuable Player. Olivia Abbott was named Defensive Player of the year, and Sharlotte McClintock was named Blocker of the Year. Sophia Cornell, Chloe Popkin, Emma Hickman, and Nina Terry were named 1st Team All-District. Audrey Cook, Sophie Corbeil, and Izzy Rodriguez were named 2nd Team All-District. Emma Dunwoody and Ashley Jones were named Honorable Mention All-District.

Thanks to all of the faculty and staff, students, family and friends, who showered our players and coaches with support these past few months. We couldn’t have done it without you.