Lady Dogs finish second at Dig-Fest

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The Edgewood Lady Dogs played host to some of the best teams from around the area last weekend, welcoming 15 schools to participate in the third annual Back to School Dig-Fest Aug. 24, 26.

The lineup of teams included a heavy dose of Van Zandt County with Canton, Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Wills Point in the field alongside teams from Boles, Como-Pickton, Cumberland Academy, ETCA, Hawkins, Keene, Life Waxahachie, Lone Oak, Paris, Sabine and Troup.

Pool play for the two-day event began Aug. 24 with teams divided into four separate pools. Top two finishers in each of the pools advanced to the Championship Bracket, while teams finishing in the bottom two of each pool advanced to compete in the Consolation Bracket.

Four of five county teams played well enough in pool play to advance to the Championship Bracket with Edgewood going a perfect 3-0 against ETCA, Boles and Keene, Canton going 2-1 with wins over Hawkins and Lone Oak and a loss to Paris, Wills Point going 2-1 with wins over Como-Pickton and Sabine and a loss to Life Waxahachie, Grand Saline going 2-1 with wins over Cumberland Academy and Fruitvale and a loss to Troup.

Edgewood, defending champions of the Dig-Fest, posted the top finish among all Van Zandt County competitors by placing second overall behind Life Waxahachie in the Championship Bracket.

The Lady Dogs’ run to the championship match began with a 20-25, 25-8, 25-21 win over the Canton Eaglettes. Senior Nicole Neal and sophomores Kenzie Smith and Tabitha Parker helped to lead the Edgewood offense, combining for 31 of the team's 36 kills in the match. Libby Martin finished with 11 assists.

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