By TONY EIERDAM
RIVER OAKS – Needing a win in a District 6-3A volleyball match to secure a tie for third place and a chance to play in a tiebreaker contest, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams took care of business and defeated the Castleberry Lady Lions, 25-21, 25-13, 23-25, 26-24 here Tuesday night.
The Lady Rams will face Lake Worth Friday at Brewer High School to determine the third and fourth seeds of the district. The time of the tiebreaker has yet to be announced.
The Lady Rams’ first round match of the playoffs will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, tentatively set for 8 p.m. at Jacksboro against either Burkburnett, the second-place team from District 5-3A, or state-ranked No. 11 Iowa Park, the 5-3A champion.
The Lady Rams’ opponent in the first round will be pending the result of the tiebreaker match.
In other 6-3A action Tuesday, Lake Worth defeated Diamond Hill, and state-ranked No. 14 Springtown clinched the district championship with a sweep of Kennedale.
The Lady Rams used aggressive serving, paced by four aces from Emiley Loya, to keep the Lady Lions on their heels, and in the end a block by Emily Rogers clinched game four and the match.
“Emiley did a good job of staying aggressive at the line,” Lady Rams head coach Taylor Eggleston said. “The way she was serving put them off balance and they weren’t able to get the attack they want.
“Sometimes aggressive serving can lead to service errors, but you take that if those mistakes are limited because you are not giving them an easy ball to slam down.”
The Lady Rams cruised to wins in the first two games but lost a late lead in the third game. In game four, they simply outlasted the hosts.
“I think we functioned together as a team in the first two games,” Eggleston said. “We didn’t let balls hit the floor.