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Howe Knocked Out of Postseason Contention

Leader Photo by Kailey Hayward  Howe seniors, pictured from left: Michaela Bledsoe, Morgan Carney, Aurian James, Coach Jennifer Sluder, Hailey DeFrange and Denise Gallatin.
Leader Photo by Kailey Hayward Howe seniors, pictured from left: Michaela Bledsoe, Morgan Carney, Aurian James, Coach Jennifer Sluder, Hailey DeFrange and Denise Gallatin.

The Lady Bulldogs pushed their district record to 7-6 with a win over Whitesboro at home on Oct. 25.

Riley Harvey had 15 kills to lead the Lady Bulldog attack, three of those coming in the early minutes of the first set.

After a pair of kills by Tiffany Lallier, who had 10 kills, Christina Counts pushed home a winner to give Howe a 25-20 win in the opening set.

Kristen Phelps, who had 16 kills in the match, came up big for the visitors in the second set as they broke open a 23-23 contest to take a 25-23 win to spoil the sweep.

A kill by Morgan Carney, followed by her service winner, helped Howe overcome an early lead by Whitesboro in the second set.

A kill by Lallier gave Howe an 11-7 lead and they were never threatened on the way to a 25-16 win in the third.

Two kills and a block by Carney got Howe off to a hot start in the fourth set, and winners by Aurian James and Hailey DeFrange helped Howe build up a 16-10 lead. DeFrange knocked down a hanger at the net, and two more kills by Lallier held off the Lady Cats as Howe ended the match with a 25-20 win.

James finished with 15 digs, Counts had 11 and Tori Abner added 10 as the Lady Bulldog defense turned in an impressive performance.

Callisburg 3, Howe 0

For the Howe Lady Bulldogs the 2013 volleyball season came to an unfortunate end on Tuesday night as they were swept by the district champion Callisburg Lady Wildcats, 3-0.

Howe needed help from Bells to get into the postseason and that didn’t occur as the Lady Panthers were beaten by Whitewright, giving the Lady Tigers the fourth and final playoff spot from District 11-2A.

Howe ended the season with a 7-7 record in district play.

Five Lady Bulldog seniors wound up their high school playing careers in the home loss to the 14-0 Lady Cats. Seniors Michaela Bledsoe, Morgan Carney, Hailey DeFrange, Denise Gallatin and Aurian James were given a rousing send-off by large and loud Howe crowd.