Denver City, TX – It would take beating the tournament host Denver City (20-25, 26-24, 26-24) for the Lady Cougars to claim the Fillie Festival Silver Bracket championship title on Saturday afternoon.
Compass Academy was led by junior Carleigh Jones, recording 16 kills on the day. Madison Molinar posted 31 digs, while Paige Jones led in assists with 14. It was a complete turnaround from coming up on the short end of all three of the pool play matches just a day earlier.
In today’s bracket action, the Lady Cougars opened with a win over Presidio, 25-16 and 25-20. Kyra Ayers had 11 digs and three kills, while Carleigh Jones led in kills with seven. Paige Jones and Haley Stillwell led in assists with five and three, respectively. Kinzee Jamierson donated three blocks in the two-set victory.
The competition elevated in the second round as Compass faced Talkington. The Lady Cougars fought through a 25-23 first set, and then completed the task with a 25-19 second set to advance to the championship round. Molinar anchored the defense with 12 digs and Ayers had seven.
Compass ran into a stout opponent in host Denver City in the title match. The Lady Cougars battled but came up short in the first set, losing 20-25. The Cougars responded nicely in the second set to claim a 26-24 win to even the series at one set a piece.
In the final set, Compass duplicated that performance to take the affair to two match points before securing the victory 26-24 and winning the Silver Bracket championship.
The Lady Cougars look to continue their winning ways in a non-district trip to Fort Stockton on Tuesday, scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start.
Stats vs Denver City
Kills: C Jones 7, P Jones 5, L Satterwhite 3, C Kubacak 1, H Stillwell 1, K Jamierson 1
Blocks: K Jamierson 3, J Rivera 1
Assists: P Jones 5, H Stillwell 5, M Molinar 3, A Moler 1
Digs: M Molinar 14, H Stillwell 8, K Ayers 7, P Jones 5, K Jamierson 4, A Moler 3, C Villasana 1
Aces: C Jones 1