Grand Saline, Wills Point advance in playoffs

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Van Zandt County was well represented during the bi-district round of the 2017 UIL volleyball playoffs with Canton, Edgewood, Fruitvale, Grand Saline and Wills Point all in the field. Results were mixed with Grand Saline and Wills Point each posting wins and Canton and Edgewood falling short in tightly contested matches.


The Canton Eaglettes entered the 2017 playoffs on a high note, winning matches over Rains, Brownsboro and Mabank to finish second overall in District 13-4A.

Thanks to their late season flourish against some of the district's best, the Eaglettes were paired with Paris North Lamar in the bi-district round Oct. 31.

Canton easily took the first set against the Panthers 25-11 before North Lamar evened the match in the second set 25-18. The Eaglettes edged back out in front of North Lamar in the third, outpointing the Panthers 25-19.

North Lamar would go on to rally late, claiming the fourth set 25-21 and the fifth and deciding set 15-10 to top the Eaglettes.

With their win, the Paris North Lamar Panthers were scheduled to take on Rusk in the Area round. Rusk reached the Area round by finishing first overall in District 16-4A play, and then knocking off Kilgore in four sets in bi-district play: 25-13, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21.


The Edgewood Lady Dogs, the fourth seed out of the highly-competitive District 12-3A, took on a talented Sunnyvale squad that steamrolled its way into the playoffs by going 28-9 overall during the season including 12-0 in District 11-3A play.

Edgewood played its best during the early going against the Raiders, taking the first set 25-23. Sunnyvale would storm back to top Edgewood in each of the next three sets, including scores of 25-16 in the second, 25-9 in the third and 25-19 in the fourth.

The Lady Dogs, 24-13 overall during the 2016 season, should be well positioned to take another step forward next season with the loss of only one player to graduation.

With the win, Sunnyvale advanced to face District 10-3A runner-up Farmersville in the Area round Nov. 4.

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