Gatesville continued its winning ways Tuesday, earning a spot in the area round of the Class 4A playoffs.
The Hornets earned their third victory in four matches at Waco University, upsetting District 17 No. 2 seed Hillsboro in four sets to reach the second round for the first time since 2016.
Gatesville rebounded from a third-set hiccup to defeat the Lady Eagles 25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 25-21.
Now, the Hornets turn their attention toward overcoming an equally daunting obstacle.
With the win, Gatesville advances to play No. 4 Carthage on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The match will be played at Fairfield High School.
Should the Hornets defeat the Lady Bulldogs, the Hornets would reach the regional quarterfinals for the first time since 2012 and play the winner between Fairfield and District 18-4A rival China Spring.
Copperas Cove cruises
Copperas Cove began its 14th consecutive playoff appearance with a relatively easy trip into the second round.
The Lady Bulldawgs opened an early lead and never eased up, defeating Mesquite Horn 25-9, 25-21, 25-17 in their bi-district contest at Glen Rose High School.
Leah Powell had 17 kills to lead Cove. She added three blocks and 14 digs. Jeala Rice had a team-high six blocks. Janice Fa'aola had nine kills and 16 digs. Emma Wasiak and Sam Ingram each had two aces and 16 digs. Kyra Gaston finished with three blocks.
The victory sets up an area-round encounter with Class 6A No. 5 Prosper after it dispatched Garland Naaman Forest 25-10, 25-18, 25-7.
The match will take place at Glen Rose on Thursday. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Ellison swept by Rockwall
The Lady Eagles saw their season come to a close at the hands of Rockwall for the second consecutive season, falling in straight sets at Cleburne High School.
After finishing fourth in the District 12-6A standings, Ellison could not overcome a slow start, suffering a 25-11, 25-17, 25-23 defeat against the District 11-6A champion.
Class 6A bi-district
- Copperas Cove def. Mesquite Horn 25-9, 25-21, 25-17
- Rockwall def. Ellison 25-11, 25-17, 25-23
- Rockwall-Heath def. Belton, 25-21, 25-14, 25-14
Class 4A bi-district
- Canyon Lake def. Salado
- Gatesville def. Hillsboro 25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 25-21
Thursday's area matches
- Gatesville vs. No. 4 Carthage, at Fairfield HS, 6:30 p.m.
- Copperas Cove vs. No. 5 Prosper, at Glen Rose HS, 7 p.m.