HILLSBORO — Ellison was hoping for a treat this Halloween but instead the Lady Eagles volleyball team was knocked out by South Grand Prairie 3-0 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs on Tuesday night at Hillsboro High School.
As part of a doubleheader, Ellison faced South Grand Prairie in the bi-district playoffs following Waco Midway’s 3-0 win against Duncanville.
The Lady Eagles were up against 7-6A champion South Grand Prairie, which was 16-0 in district play, 23-12 overall and, as reigning bi-district champions, were going for the three-peat.
Although Ellison had the goal of moving past the first round in hopes of breaking its playoff pattern, the Lady Eagles' playoff run ended the same as the previous two.
The Lady Eagles kept the score close and tied the Lady Warriors five times throughout the first set before South Grand Prairie pulled away 25-17.
Ellison had a block party in the second set with back-to-back blocks by seniors Symone Thomas, Elicia Barcinas and Kieran Means.
While the Lady Eagles held the lead for most of the second set, back-to-back line calls worked against Ellison and the Lady Eagles lost 25-20.
While Ellison fell behind early in the third set, the Lady Eagles were not going down without a fight. Late into the set the Lady Warriors were plagued with penalties and Ellison came within one point of Grand Prairie before losing the final set 25-23.
Ellison ended its season 27-8 overall.