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Aledo forces first place tie in 6-5A with win over Boswell

Aledo didn’t show up Sept. 16 in its home meeting with Saginaw Boswell as the Pioneers won in straight sets.

On Tuesday night, the Bearcats got their revenge and in a big way.

Aledo (32-8, 9-1 in District 6-5A) won 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 25-21 to pull into a first place tie with the Pioneers (26-9, 9-1).

“Our hitting percentage was the biggest difference. Tonight we were in the 300s, the first time we played them, we were in the 100s, and we blocked better,” said Aledo coach Kathy Goings, who won her 644th career game. “Those two things made a huge difference.”

The first set saw seven ties, the last at 10-10, but the Bearcats scored four-straight points capped off by a block by Sarah Haeussler. Oregon State commit Maddie Goings got one of her game-high 27 kills, and Harding commit Emily Smith had a block to extend the lead to 22-14.

Aledo, No. 16 in this week’s TGCA 5A state poll, appeared on its way to a 2-0 lead with an 8-4 lead, but Boswell tied it at 8-8 with kills by UTA commit Kailyn Gilbreath and Lauren Biggs, and a pair of errors.

The Bearcats went down 21-17, tried to make a comeback, but had two errors as Boswell, No. 5, tied the match at 1-1.

Tied at 13-13 in the third set, Aledo scored the next four points, then led 22-17, but the Pioneers stormed back with a 7-2 run to tie it at 24-24. Aledo quiet the crowd with the next two points and win.

The fourth set was more of the same. Aledo led 9-3 and 16-10 on a kill from Haeussler. Goings made it 19-12 and 22-16. Boswell tried its hardest to force a fifth set, but Amanda Norman went off the block to give the Bearcats the match.

“Boswell is a good team. We knew we had to keep those leads when we’d get them and not let them close in on us,” Kathy Goings said.

Smith had 13 kills with a .542 hitting percentage. Haeussler, Norman and Brecken Roquemore each had six kills. Allegra Rivas recorded 22 digs and Erin Weiss added 58 assists.

“We have been working on getting [Sarah and Brecken] activated because they’re such good hitters,” Goings said. “Tonight it made a difference because it frees up blockers from other areas. I was really proud of those girls tonight.”

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