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DICKINSON — Kylie Kunefke admitted to having a “good feeling” about her team’s chances days before the Alvin Lady Yellowjackets’ bi-district volleyball showdown with Clear Creek.

The second-year head coach just didn’t know those positive vibes would be taken to epic proportions by the Lady Jackets, as Alvin stunned the Lady Wildcats with scores of 25-23, 27-29, 28 -26 and 25-23, Tuesday. night at Dickinson High School.

Alvin (27-14) earned his first playoff victory since 2015 and also avenged a loss in the 2021 bi-district playoffs to Creek. Tuesday’s classic four-set battle featured 22 lead changes and up to wire finishes in each match.

For Kunefke, it was also the first win on a Lady Wildcats program where she was an assistant for five years on Scott Simonds’ staff.

“We’re very superstitious and when I told my husband (Creek baseball head coach Brett Kunefke) that I had a feeling, I had a feeling. He said stop talking about it and keep those feelings inside,” said Kunefke, whose team played Summer Creek in the area Thursday night at Goose Creek Memorial HS in Baytown. “That’s exactly what we did, but I wanted to tell my kids because I was so confident. I was extremely confident in them and they played like that tonight.

“They never gave up and kept going. We go to the second round. Coming home at the start of last year was heartbreaking, so it was a goal for us all year to make it past the first round.

Ana Garza had 26 kills and 29 digs to lead Alvin, while Korrigan Wright dished out 34 assists and 10 digs and Mackenzie Strban added 10 kills and 14 digs. Coryn Breaux (27 digs) and Aubry Anderson (12) also hit double figures to complement Wylie Singleton’s nine kills and Corynn Williams and Cara Saenz’s combined 11 blocks at net.

“We all wanted to win so badly,” Garza said. “We haven’t done this since I was in high school. It has been a long time. »

Alvin captured the first set behind nine kills from Garza and a service error from Olivia Jones of Creek at match point. The Lady Jackets then had a golden opportunity to take a 2-0 lead with three set points, but Stratton Sneed’s pick tied things at 27-27 and Alvin followed with back-to-back receiving errors to equalize the problem in one match each. .

The third set featured big runs from both teams. The Lady Jackets took a 17-6 lead, only to see Creek respond with a 14-3 run to tie the game at 20-20. Alvin then had to fend off a CC match point attempt at 24-23 and watched the Lady Wildcats do the same with deficits of 25-24 and 26-25, before an error from Creek and the point tricks of Singleton’s instructions do not put the Lady Jackets back in front. .

“I think that got us really excited,” Singleton said of Alvin pulling Game 3. It got us excited for the next set. We’ve never done it before (pass the first round) so it really excites us.

Garza, Strban and Singleton’s strike set the stage for the Lady Jackets to race for another big cushion in the fourth set at 10-2, while Wright’s back-to-back aces helped them hold down that eight cushion a bit points. shortly later at 21-13.

After Strban’s kill put Alvin on match point, Ella Holder’s point brought Creek up 24-23. However, the Lady Wildcats were then called for a clean violation to send the Lady Jackets to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in seven years.

“Creek is really deep and they were replacing the kids in the front and back row,” Kunefke said. “We have such a jelly them. We are small. We haven’t moved anyone for the playoffs except practice players. He’s a consistent jelly unit and I think that was an advantage for us tonight.

In other area volleyball playoffs, the Manvel Lady Mavericks beat Crosby 25-6, 25-20 and 25-15 in the Class 5A bi-district playoffs Tuesday night at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena.

The Lady Mavs (31-10) then advance to meet Lamar Consolidated in the round zone Friday night at Wheeler Field House n Sugar Land at 5 p.m.

Lyric Jordan paced the Lady Mavs with 18 kills, while Kenedy Massie dished out 30 assists and Bea Angeles and Devyn Lewis provided 14 digs each.

Lewis also had six service aces.

Shadow Creek saw its season end with an 8-25, 17-25, 15-25 straight-set loss to Clear Springs on Tuesday in the Class 6A Bi-District Playoffs at Alvin.

The Lady Sharks end their season at 21-20.

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